Nine months after the New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman opened an investigation into racial profiling at Barneys over racial profiling allegations, the company has agreed to pay $525,000 in costs, fees and penalties. The store will also reform practices that single out shoppers of color.
The investigation was sparked by complaints from two black shoppers who said that they were racial profiled at the company’s flagship Madison Avenue store. Trayon Christian, 19, and Kayla Phillips, 21 reported being “stopped, frisked, searched and detained.” Other complaints followed.
In addition to paying up, the store has also agreed to hire an “independent anti-profiling consultant with expertise in the prevention of racial profiling in loss prevention and asset protection,” according to the New York Times.
(h/t New York Times)