Barneys Seeks Dismissal Of Customer’s Discrimination Suit

 Tuesday, April 7, 2015

 NY Daily News

Barneys did nothing wrong by allegedly calling the cops on a customer who claims he was just “shopping while black,” new court papers argue. The high-end men’s clothing store says in documents filed in Manhattan Federal Court that a shopper’s suit should be dismissed because his civil rights were not violated when he was detained by police after buying a $349 belt in 2013.“At most, (Barneys) is merely alleged to have notified the NYPD of plaintiff’s purchase. Simply providing information to the police — even if subsequently found to be in error — does not subject the informant to liability for false arrest,” attorneys for Barneys wrote in the recently filed papers.