Consumer Law

Barneys hires civil rights expert, CEO says no customer of store should be accosted by cops


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.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “Black student says he was detained for buying a $349 belt at upscale store, files civil rights suit”

ABAJournal.com: “2nd black shopper plans Barneys suit, says she was stopped by cops after buying a $2,500 purse”

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