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Saks Fifth Avenue's Parent Company Hit With Discrimination Lawsuit

November 20, 2018 - 2:42 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Saks Fifth Avenue’s parent company was hit with a race and age discrimination lawsuit Tuesday.

Eight men, the majority of whom were older and black, claim they were subjected to discrimination while employed at the upscale department store in New York City.

In the suit, the men allege they were unable to advance due to a “glass ceiling” put in place for people of color.

Nixon McCray, 57, worked in the men’s wear department and said he began to notice a change when the Hudson Bay Company acquired Saks in 2014.

“There were no black or Hispanic managers on the floor. I noticed that when promotion came around, or if you requested a promotion, they would say there is no position,” McCray said.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, attorney Derek Sells said Hudson Bay has been in business for 348 years and has no minorities among its senior management.

The men are calling for a Black Friday boycott of all stores under Hudson Bay management.

“The way to make change to a company such as Hudson Bay is to hit it where it hurts the most, that is profit level,” Sells explained.