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It looks like the Barneys New York settlement prompted some action from Macy's. After the high-end department store responded to racial discrimination claims at its Upper East Side location, the parent company for the midtown mecca is taking steps to rectify its own controversies of the same nature, according to the New York Times—which includes paying a $650,000 fine.
Just like with Barneys, the state attorney general's office completed an investigation on Macy's and found, true to allegations, that the store "detained African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities for allegedly shoplifting at significantly higher rates relative to whites," according to a settlement agreement.
To prevent future cases, Macy's will be hiring an "independent expert" who will be in charge of improving security and loss prevention policy for the store, updating its record-keeping regarding employee training, and distributing an "anti-racial-profiling memorandum" to all employees, the paper writes.
"This agreement will help ensure that no one is unfairly singled out as a suspected criminal when they shop in New York," said state attorney general Eric Schneiderman.
Recent cases of racial profiling at the Herald Square store include an African-American actor who claims he was unlawfully searched and held in a store jail after purchasing a watch, and a Hispanic NYPD cop who lost her job over a false shoplifting arrest.
"Serving customers is what we are all about, and we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all customers feel welcome at Macy's and are treated with respect," the department store said in a statement.
· Macy's to Pay $650,000 to Resolve Bias Inquiry [NYT]
· Settlement for Barneys Customers [Racked NY]
· Macy's Accused of Racial Profiling Another Shopper [Racked NY]