MACY’S and Bloomingdale’s have been subpoenaed by the New York City Commission on Human Rights to force them to submit documents which relate to the recent so-called “racial profiling” incidents alleged by customers of the stores. The famous New York department stores – among others – are subject to an investigation by the commission relating to the treatment of customers detained on suspicion of theft after leaving the stores.
“It is Macy’s desire to cooperate with the New York City Human Rights Commission,” a spokesperson said. “We have attempted to and are continuing to work toward an arrangement that satisfies the commission’s legitimate investigatory needs and protects our proprietary business interests. We are hopeful that we can reach a mutually satisfactory arrangement.”
“It is disappointing that they have not fully cooperated in the commission’s investigation into recent allegations of racial profiling at some of the city’s larger retail stores and instead sought to dictate the terms and scope of our investigation,” Patricia L Gatling, NYC human rights commissioner, toldWWD. “The commission will be issuing subpoenas to other stores that have been unresponsive, including Old Navy and Banana Republic.”
Gatling added that 150 people have complained to the commission since 2002, alleging that they have been discriminated against in New York stores. Rapper Jay Z has recently been working with Barneys – for which he has designed a Christmas collection, in aid of his charity – in order to address the store’s recent issues surrounding racial profiling.