Representatives from Barneys, Saks, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and the Gap gathered today at the behest of Reverend Al Sharpton to resolve the recent fallout from a string of high profile lawsuits filed against Macy’s and Barney’s after black shoppers were stopped for making purchases. Members of the New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Action Network were also present. Together, this makeshift coalition created a Customers’ Bill of Rights that will (hopefully) result in the fair treatment of all shoppers.
According to The Cut, a one-page document was created that outlines what customers should and should not expect while shopping. The document will be posted in major department stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. The document prohibits “unreasonable searches” and “detaining persons for a reasonable amount of time,” and also reinforces the basic civil liberties of customers.
Many of the “new” policies have been copy-and-pasted from existing store policies, but by visibly posting the new document, stores are holding themselves accountable in light of recent racial profiling incidents. The bill also states that any employee who violates the policies will be ”subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.”