Barney’s to Pay $525K in Racial Profiling Settlement


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Barney’s has agreed to pay more than half a million dollars to settle racial profiling allegations.

The settlement stems from incidents in which customers reported they had been followed through the Madison Avenue flagship store in New York City. Others said they bought expensive items and were detained by police afterwards for credit card fraud. The customers all complained the incidents happened because of their skin color.

Now, Barney’s, where $2,500 tote bags and $390 mens’ shirts aren’t unusual, has agreed to pay $525,000 to settle the racial profiling allegations.

As part of the agreement with the New York State Attorney’s Office, Barney’s will also hire an anti-profiling consultant to help update and improve employee training on security policies.

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