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article imageBarneys agrees to pay $525,000 to settle racial profiling case

By Walter McDaniel     Aug 12, 2014 in Business
New York - Two African-American customers claimed that Managers at Barneys of New York were racially profiling black and Latino customers. Now after several months they have agreed to pay $525,000 to settle the charges.
After protests, media coverage and negotiations, executives with the company have agreed to a settlement. Customers will drop the case in exchange for the massive payment. Representatives from Barneys are reportedly very happy to pay the settlement and note that "We are a truly progressive company that has absolutely no tolerance for discrimination of any kind."
Protests about the alleged racism were held outside of Barneys New York itself. Media figures such as Reverend Al Sharpton also got involved which greatly increased the overall coverage. Settlements are often used to cut down on media coverage over a controversial event.
Security at Barneys has repeatedly been written up in the media. Security stopped one woman for buying a $2,500 bag which she bought legally. Another customer bought a $349 belt and security reportedly accused him of using a fake card.
Events led NY authorities to launch a probe against the establishment. For their part the company has denied any claims or racism across all claims. Despite the settlement they claim that they never encouraged racism and actively discouraged it in their stores. In an unusual turn for legal cases they released a statement clarifying their stance.
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