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Actor Robert Brown Settles Racial Profiling Lawsuit With Macy’s

Macy's Herald Square, as seen in March 2013. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Macy’s Herald Square, as seen in March 2013. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Actor Robert Brown has settled his racial profiling lawsuit against Macy’s.

The settlement terms between the retailer, the city, and the HBO star were not disclosed, WLNY reported.

Brown filed the lawsuit after he said he was falsely accused of credit card fraud at Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square last year.

Brown said that he was buying his mother a $1,300 watch as a graduation present in June when he was surrounded by undercover cops. He said he was held at the store, handcuffed and searched before being released.

Following a slew of racial profiling allegations around the same time as Brown’s lawsuit, a coalition of major retailers that included Barneys, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and The Gap agreed to create a customer “bill of rights” to be posted in stores to help prevent racial profiling.

The one-page “Customer Bill of Rights” drafted by the Retail Council of New York State declared profiling is an “unacceptable practice and will not be tolerated.”

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.

In a statement, Macy’s said it has settled other lawsuits of alleged racial profiling in principle, WLNY reported.

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