Luxury department store, Barneys, as well as the NYPD, is reportedly being sued for racial discrimination. The lawsuit stems from an incident this past spring, in which an employee at the NYC-based store allegedly called undercover cops after Trayon Christian, a 19-year-old black college student, purchased a $320 Ferragamo belt from the store in April.
According to Christian's lawsuit, at the register, he was asked to show ID for his debt card purchase. He showed his ID, bought the belt, and upon exiting the store was approached by undercover police officers, who had been called by the Barneys cashier. They took Christian to a local precinct and held him there until his bank confirmed that the debit card used to purchase the belt was indeed his. According to the lawsuit, the officers asked him, "how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt."
The brand took to its Facebook wall today to share the following:
Barneys New York typically does not comment on pending litigation. In this instance, we feel compelled to note that after carefully reviewing the incident of last April, it is clear that no employee of Barneys New York was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual other than the sale. Barneys New York has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination and we stand by our long history in support of all human rights.