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New Macy's bias suit: Customer racially profiled after pricey purchase?

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A new Macy's bias suit has been filed after a black customer purchased an expensive handbag and was stopped by security. On Dec. 27, Christian Post reported that Halim Sharif was detained after buying a $2,400 Louis Vuitton bag back in April. He has now filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that he was racially profiled.

"It was as clear as black and white. There was no grey area. I saw people exit before me and after me- and none of them looked like me. They lacked pigmentation," said Sharif, explaining that dozens of other customers set off door alarms at the store but were not stopped.

The new Macy's bias suit will likely favor the customer as Sharif filmed the incident on his cell phone. He says that he didn't think of suing the company until he read other African-American customers' allegations of mistreatment. After he did some research, Sharif believed that he had a good case. He is seeking unspecified damages.

"We take any claim made by our customers very seriously and will investigate Mr. Sharif's allegation vigorously. Macy's has a zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind. If Macy's policies have not been upheld, we will take swift and immediate action," a spokeswoman for Macy's said.

The new Macy's bias suit has caused an all-out investigation by Macy's and by the NYPD.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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