Barneys pays to settle racial profiling charges — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily

Barneys pays to settle racial profiling charges

Get PDF file

by on
in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Upscale retailer Barneys New York has agreed to pay $525,000 in fines to settle a lawsuit alleging it began profiling black and Hispanic customers after experiencing a spike in shoplifting and credit card fraud at its flagship store in Manhattan.

According to testimony before the state Attorney General’s office, the store’s loss-prevention unit watched black and Hispanic customers more closely than others when they came into the store.

Under the settlement, Barneys will hire an outside anti-profiling consultant and adopt a new program to catch profiling incidents. In a statement, Barneys said it was “a truly progressive company that has absolutely no tolerance for discrimination of any kind.”

Note: Bad publicity isn’t the only harm that comes from incidents like this. If a Barneys employee ever sues for race bias suit, it will surely come up in court.

Leave a Comment

 

Previous post:

Next post: