Macy's, Bloomingdale's Hit With Subpoenas Over Racial Profiling Claims

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has issued a subpoena to Macy's (NYSE: M) Law Department, requesting that the company hand over documents pertaining to their security policies in the wake of numerous racial profiling allegations. The commission has issued a deadline of Dec. 10 for all Macy's and Bloomingdale's locations in New York City to provide the documents after the companies failed to voluntarily deliver it by Nov. 22.

"It is disappointing that they have not fully cooperated in the commission's investigation into recent allegations of racial profiling at some of the City's larger retail stores and instead sought to dictate the terms and scope of our investigation," Patricia L. Gatling, NYC Human Rights Commissioner, told Women's Wear Daily.

Gatling added that Old Navy and Banana Republic would also be issued subpoenas for failing to respond to previous requests. In a letter to retailers dated November 13, the commission requested information about the company's "loss prevention policies; procedures for approaching and detaining individuals suspected of theft; records regarding all individuals accused of theft in the past two years; and what, if any presence NYPD officers have in the retail locations."

Over the past month, several racial profiling incidents were reported at Barneys New York and Macy's. New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation into the two retailers, requesting that they turn over information about their policies for detaining and questioning customers. Since news of the incidents surfaced, civil rights leaders and executives from the state's Retail Council have also formed a special racial-profiling task force.

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