Old Navy has fired three employees at one of their Iowa locations for alleged racial profiling James Conley III.
Via: USA Today
Conley, who is a Black man shared a series of videos Tuesday on Facebook showing a West Des Moines Old Navy employee accusing him of stealing a jacket.
“I was accused that I didn’t pay for my blue bubble jacket that I got for Christmas that I wore into the store,” said Conley in the post.
The post — and Conley’s reaction — has been shared more than 148,000 times on Facebook as of Saturday evening.
In a Saturday post on the company’s Facebook page, the store apologized to Conley by name.
“The situation was a violation of our policies and values, and we apologize to both Mr. Conley and to those we’ve disappointed,” read the post. “All of our customers deserve to be treated with respect.”
Conley interacted with several employees during the incident. One was a store supervisor, who checked the security camera footage to verify that the jacket belonged to Conley. According to the post, three employees involved were fired after a “thorough investigation.”
Conley announced on Thursday that he had filed a lawsuit against the company.
It’s just a blessing to see this nationwide and hearing my story out. To see them in the wrong and accusing me of something that I have never done in my life,” he said.
The NAACP also joined Conley, issuing a statement that stated, in part:
“The NAACP finds Old Navy’s treatment of Mr. Conley deplorable and is further investigating the issue. Racial profiling is a systemic issue in Iowa, whether it be shopping while black, or driving while black.”