Barneys New York has settled a lawsuit by a black teen who said he was racially profiled by the luxury store’s Manhattan location.
Trayon Christian sued Barneys and the city of New York claiming his civil rights were violated when he was handcuffed and detained by police for two hours in April, 2013 after buying a $349 Ferragamo belt with his savings.
Although the amount paid by Barneys was not disclosed, New York City has agreed to pay Christian $45,000 for the police officer’s part in the situation.
Nick Paolucci, a spokesman for the city’s law department, said on Tuesday. “Settling was in the best interest of the city,” he said.
Last year the store agreed to pay a $525,000 fine, hire an anti-profiling consultant and re-train its employees in a settlement with New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.