Suit Claims Major Retailer Had Quotas, Codes For Minorities
A lawsuit against Macy’s flagship Manhattan store claims a security guard had weekly arrest quotas and used code words to indicate minorities.
Each guard had a quota of five arrests per week, with categories of shoppers assigned codes such as “10-90” for black males and “10-91” for black females, lawyer Farak Usar said.
Usar represents a New York City woman of Middle Eastern descent who claims in a 2011 lawsuit that she was wrongly targeted and arrested while shopping at Macy’s. The security guard, Brenda Howard, is named in the suit. She could not be reached. Usar says his client, Ayla Gursoy, has applied to New York State Supreme Court for class action status so that the suit would represent other minority shoppers.
Macy’s said it could not respond to the claims.