Civil Rights leader and activist Al Sharpton met with Barneys New York CEO on Tuesday to discuss the recent racial profiling allegations filed against the high-end retailer.
Two black customers accused Barney’s of discrimination two weeks ago after being detained by police in two separate incidents. Two more black customers came forward claiming racial profiling at Macy’s soon after.
“We had a very candid and open meeting today to begin a dialogue,” Sharpton said after the private meeting with Barneys CEO Mark Lee at Sharpton’s National Action Network office in Harlem. Lee said Barneys’ own initial investigation showed no employees were at fault in the two incidents, but he said the retailer does not tolerate discrimination and wants “to be part of the solution” to racial profiling.