Barneys, Macy's to Lead Forum on Racial Profiling in Retail

Retailers citywide will attend sessions on "best practices." 

Posted: 11/08/2013 10:40 AM EST

The CEOs of Macy's and Barneys, whose stores have recently been hit with allegations of racial profiling against African-American customers, will soon be leading a forum on "best practices" for retailers in New York City.

The conference is expected to be attended by executives from Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and Victoria Secret, according to the New York Daily News. Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren and Barneys’ president Mark Lee have asked the Retail Council of New York and the New York Metropolitan Retailing Association to organize the conference before the holiday shopping season.

“We have proactively reached out to several leading retail organizations to seek their support in fostering an immediate dialogue on these important issues,” Barneys said in a statement, according to the Daily News

Previously, heads of both stores met with Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network as customers stepped forward about unfair untreatment. In October, two Black customers of Barneys said the NYPD frisked them after purchasing items. Soon after, actor Robert Brown and another New York City resident spoke out about being targets of profiling after buying from Macy's flagship store. 


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(Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Macy's)

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