Actor seeks class-action status for Macy’s suit


The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, arrives at Macy’s flagship store, in New York, for a meeting with the CEO of Macy’s to talk about racial profiling, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. It follows an incident in which a leading actor on the HBO series “Treme” was detained by police after buying his mother an expensive watch. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK (AP) — An actor on HBO’s “Treme” (truh-MAY’) is seeking class-action status for his profiling lawsuit against Macy’s.

A lawyer for actor Robert Brown filed the papers Wednesday in federal court in New York City. The 29-year-old says he was stopped buying a $1,350 Movado watch and targeted because he’s Black.

The lawsuit says many others have been targeted at the store because of race. Brown first filed the lawsuit last month.

The suit says Macy’s has not changed its wrongful security practices, even after a 2005 settlement with the attorney general over racial profiling complaints. A separate lawsuit against New York police says the department encourages the practices.

Macy’s didn’t comment on the suit but says it doesn’t discriminate. City lawyers say they haven’t yet reviewed the lawsuit.

A judge must approve class-action status.

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