(AP) Civil rights activist Al Sharpton says he and other community leaders had a "candid" meeting with the CEO of Barneys New York to discuss allegations of racial profiling at high end department stores.
The private meeting with Mark Lee was at Sharpton's National Action Network office in Harlem.
Two black customers recently claimed they were detained by police on suspicion of credit card fraud after lawfully purchasing expensive items.
Lee said after the meeting that Barney's own initial investigation showed no employee "was involved" in the two instances.
Macy's flagship Manhattan store also has been hit with a similar allegation.
The state attorney general's office has sent letters to the stores' executives, citing the allegations and stating that profiling is prohibited under state and local civil rights law.