Sharpton says retailers to list shoppers’ rights

100112-shows-dont-sleep-rev-al-sharptonThe Rev. Al Sharpton said a coalition of major retailers has agreed to create a customer “bill of rights” that will be posted in stores to help prevent racial profiling.

Mr. Sharpton said civil rights leaders met Monday with representatives from retail chains including Barneys, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and The Gap.

He said the bill of rights will be posted in stores and on retailers’ websites this week.

The agreement prohibits profiling and unreasonable searches. It states that workers who violate their employers’ prohibition on profiling will be disciplined and could be fired.

The two groups first met last month after several black shoppers alleged they were racially profiled at Macy’s and Barneys New York. The stores deny they had policies that targeted black customers.

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