Fashion Law: BARNEYS RACIAL PROFILING PROBE SETTLED FOR $525K
Barney’s New York Inc. has finally settled the ongoing battle from last year’s holiday season involving claims that the luxury retail giant maltreated two African American customers by subjecting them to racial profiling. Following a nine-month investigation, Barneys and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman concluded an amount of $525,000 was to be paid by Barneys as an agreement for settlement.
The case outlines the exploitation of the two men falsely accused of credit card fraud after making purchases at the retailer. The probe raised concerns surrounding a disproportionate number of African American and Latino shoppers having been accused of shoplifting and credit card fraud by the security staff at Barneys. Many sales associates, upon being hassled by store detectives about credit card usage by minority customers, simply refused to serve these customers to avoid the exasperation.
Schneiderman believes that the settlement will make right many wrongs by “fixing past policies and by monitoring the actions of Barneys and its employees.” CEO Mike Lee echoes Schneiderman’s sentiments by stating that Barney’s is a progressive company with “absolutely no tolerance for discrimination.”
Under terms of the settlement, Barneys has also agreed to hire an experienced consultant to assist with the prevention of racial profiling and will also employ new anti-profiling policies.by