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Lawsuit: Shopper forced to pull down pants in public after falsely accusation of shoplifting by Gap
The law firm Imbesi Christensen filed a lawsuit on behalf of an individual that claims he was falsely accused of attempting to steal merchandise from an outlet stored operated by The Gap, Inc. located at Woodbury Common.
By: Imbesi Christensen
The complaint, filed on behalf of Rohan Barnswell claims that he was labeled a shoplifter because he is black and then humiliated after a Gap store staffer accused him of stealing and forced him to pull down his pants in the middle of the bustling Woodbury Common outlet mall.
The complaint alleges that when Mr. Barnswell exited the store he was suddenly surrounded by a swarm of mall cops on Segways and bicycles. With shoppers looking on, a Gap staffer loudly accused Barnswell of stealing items from the retailer and demanded that he lift up his shirt.
The Gap employee “interrogated Mr. Barnswell in front of numerous customers who stopped to see the commotion,” according to the complaint. The complaint also alleges that after, “finding no merchandise under his shirt, the Gap employee then ordered plaintiff to remove his trousers also in public and in front of numerous people shopping at Woodbury Common.”
Mr. Barnswell's complaint also alleges that, “after the Gap employee forced him to remove his pants, The Gap employee caused plaintiff significant anxiety by circling around plaintiff to see his backside when his pants were removed.”
The complaint alleges that, “Plaintiff was unlawfully racially targeted, stopped and detained by Defendants’ employees,” and “Defendants and their agents and/or employees focus their surveillance on minority customers to the exclusion of white customers.”
Imbesi Christensen has represented numerous individuals that were victim of racial profiling against many companies, filing both individual and class action lawsuits.
Page Updated Last on: Nov 26, 2014