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Barneys New York to pay $600,000 in racial profiling settlement

Published on Aug 12, 2014 12:22 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Barneys New York has agreed to pay US$525,000 (S$650,000) to settle a lawsuit over claims that it targeted black and Latino customers for credit-card fraud checks and surveillance while they shopped in its luxury clothing stores, city officials said on Monday.

The lawsuit followed claims last fall that the store falsely accused two African-American customers of credit card fraud at the Barneys store in Manhattan, sparking protests and calls to boycott the chain.

"Profiling and racial discrimination remain a problem in our state, but not one we are willing to accept," New York state Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.

"This agreement will correct a number of wrongs, both by fixing past policies and by monitoring the actions of Barneys and its employees to make sure that past mistakes are not repeated," he said.

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