Rev. Al Sharpton is having none of this shop-and-frisk business that's come to light over the past two months. The activist announced that civil rights leaders met with major retailers on Monday to create a customer bill of rights, which was drafted by the Retail Council of New York State trade group. Among the companies in the group are Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor andThe Gap, as well as Macy's and Barneys, both of which have been battling accusations of using racial profiling to stop and search Black shoppers after purchasing luxury products.
The customer bill of rights will be posted in stores as well as on each retailer's website this week. It will list various agreements such as prohibiting racial profiling to conduct unreasonable searches and disciplining or firing employees who violate this rule.
Barneys came under fire in October after 19-year-old Trayon Christian sued the department store and the NYPD for being searched and detained back in April after buying a $349 Ferragamo belt. Kayla Phillips, 21, experienced a similar fate after purchasing a $2,500 Celine back earlier this year.
The incidents led to a petition asking Jay Z to end his holiday collaboration with Barneys, but Jay Z announced he will continue forth with the "A New York Holiday" collection and accept a leadership role on the company's council to discuss how to deal with racial profiling.
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