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Barneys New York: We Have 'Zero Tolerance for Discrimination'

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Photo by Brian Harkin.
Photo by Brian Harkin.

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Barneys has disseminated an official statement on their social media fronts regarding the allegations that an employee called undercover cops after Trayon Christian, a young black male, purchased a $320 Ferragamo belt from the retailer. The brand posted on its Facebook wall, the following, which "can be attributed to a Barneys New York spokesperson":

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.
So far, the post has accumulated 97 angry comments.
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