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USA: Barneys pays $525,000 to settle allegations re profiling minority customers; includes company comments

"Barneys to Pay $525K in NY Shopper-Profiling Probe", 11 Aug 2014

Barneys has agreed to pay $525,000 to resolve allegations that minorities were singled out as suspected shoplifters at its flagship store, part of a spate of racial profiling complaints against major retailers last year...Barneys shoppers and ex-employees complained that detectives followed minority customers around…and disproportionately investigated their credit-card use...Besides the $525,000 in fines and expenses, Barneys will hire an "anti-profiling consultant" for two years, update its policy and record-keeping on detaining customers suspected of theft, and improve training of security and sales personnel...Barneys CEO…said in a statement that the company was pleased with the settlement…[and added] that the store doesn't tolerate discrimination…[Civil rights activist] Sharpton said in a statement…that Barneys' agreement with the attorney general was a "move in the right direction towards fairness and equal respect for all consumers, but we must monitor and continue to be vigilant."... [Also refers to Macy's]

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