MIDTOWN, Manhattan (PIX11) – Barneys New York is under scrutiny after a second customer has come forward accusing the high-end department store of racial profiling.
Kayla Philips, 21, said police stopped her after she used her debit card to by a $2,500 bag at the Midtown store.
Printed reports said Phillips, a Brooklyn nursing student, bought the purse back in February. She came forward after Trayon Chistian, 19, said undercover cops stopped him on the street in April after he bought a pricey Ferragamo belt at Barneys New York.
“My client’s crime was being a young black male, that’s all his crime was. He did nothing wrong,” attorney Michael Palillo said.
Christian has filed a discrimination suit against Barneys and the NYPD. And Phillips is reportedly planning to sue as well.
Barneys New York released a statement after Trayon Christian spoke out.
“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.”