Civil Rights Violation Lawyer David Perecman Cautions Retailers to Avoid Racial Profiling and Discrimination

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New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman of The Perecman Firm weighs in on retail discrimination following two incidents at Barneys New York and one at Macy’s.

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To stop someone when there is no proof they have committed fraud or stolen something is unacceptable.

“Shopping while black” became a much discussed topic this week after three incidents of alleged discrimination occurred at high-profile New York stores. Civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman urges stores to review their policies and procedures.

“To stop someone when there is no proof they have committed fraud or stolen something is unacceptable,” Perecman said.

Two African-American shoppers at Barneys New York claimed that the store racially profiled them. Trayon Christian, 19, was stopped by undercover New York City police officers after purchasing a $350 Ferragamo belt at Barneys. He was arrested and detained despite showing officers the receipt, the debit card he used and identification, said ABC News (10.29.13). Another black Barneys shopper said she was accused of fraud after purchasing a $2,500 handbag.

In another incident reported by ABC News, black actor Robert Brown said that he was handcuffed at Macy's and detained after being falsely accused of credit card fraud.

“Many people don't recognize how prevalent retail discrimination is,” said ABC News and Perecman agreed. Consumer racial profiling can range from subtle differences in treatment, such as getting ignored by a salesperson, to being followed and accused of shoplifting.

“Retailers must not engage in racial profiling,” said Perecman, a civil rights violation lawyer in New York for over 30 years. “New York has zero tolerance for discrimination. Stores or companies that discriminate may find themselves slapped with a lawsuit.”

The ABC News article cited is “Barneys Case Stirs Talk of 'Shopping While Black.'”

Lawsuits concerning racial discrimination have been filed against a number of companies. Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation, including race profiling or discrimination in the workplace can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of civil rights violation cases in New York including racial profiling and hate crimes. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million    
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout

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