New York City has agreed to settle its part for $45,000, a spokesman for the city’s law department confirmed Wednesday. The amount of the settlement with Barneys wasn’t revealed. A Barneys spokeswoman confirmed the lawsuit was settled but declined further comment.
In 2013, Christian, a black college student from Queens, filed a discrimination lawsuit against the retailer and the city in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Christian claimed his civil rights were violated when he was handcuffed and detained by police for two hours in April 2013 after he had purchased a $349 Ferragamo belt at Barneys.
As reported, in August 2014, in a settlement with the Office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Barneys agreed to pay $525,000 in costs, fees and penalties and to take a series of remedial actions to settle allegations that it engaged in racial profiling in 2013 directed at two black shoppers.