In December 2013, Halim Sharif, a club promoter from Mount Vernon, N.Y. filed suit against Macy’s, saying he was singled out and detained after buying a $2,400 Louis Vuitton bag. The store’s alarm went off as he exited, he said, but it also went off as a half-dozen white customers exited, and they were not stopped. He used his cell phone to record audio and video of the April 19, 2013 incident.
A Macy’s spokeswoman, promising that Mr. Sharif’s allegation would be thoroughly investigated, stated that “Macy’s has a zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind.”
Really? That’s not what we have found, as we have documented case after case where Macy’s has been accused—and often acknowledged wrongdoing or been liable—in its treatment of veterans, police officers, racial minorities, people with disabilities, elderly widows, pregnant women or members of faith groups—including, of course, a Catholic man fired for his beliefs.