Barneys New York to Pay Over Half a Million Dollars for Singling Out Black and Latino Shoppers for Surveillance

The investigation was triggered by complaints from two black patrons of the Barneys store at 660 Madison Avenue. (Credit: Andrew Renneisen/The New York Times)
The investigation was triggered by complaints from two black patrons of the Barneys store at 660 Madison Avenue. (Credit: Andrew Renneisen/The New York Times)

After a nine-month investigation, Barneys New York has agreed to pay $525,000 and institute a host of reforms to settle accusations that it singled out minority shoppers for heightened surveillance at its store on Madison Avenue.

The investigation, led by the state attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, showed a “disproportionate number of African-American and Latino customers being detained for alleged shoplifting or credit card fraud.”

“Profiling and racial discrimination remain a problem in our state, but not one we are willing to accept,” Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement. “This agreement will continue our work to ensure there’s one set of rules for everyone in public accommodations.”

The investigation was triggered by complaints from two black patrons of the store at 660 Madison Avenue: Trayon Christian, 19, and Kayla Phillips, 21.

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