Posted Oct 25, 2013 06:40 pm CDT
The chief executive of Barneys New York has apologized following claims by two black customers that they were detained by police after making purchases and retained a civil rights expert to review the upscale department store’s policies and procedures.
CEO Mark Lee said a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Michael Yaki, will oversee a review of fairness and equality practices and will have full access to all store operations, NBC New York reports.
The store has also contacted community leaders to “begin a dialogue on this important issue,” the CEO said.
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