Apple accused of racial discrimination after incident with employee at Upper West Side Apple Store

A new lawsuit against Apple has surfaced after an incident at the Upper West Side Apple Store. The incident involved Brian Johnston, 34, and Nile Charles, 25, who claim they were racially discriminated against on December 9th of last year.

The plaintiffs claim that a mid-50s white employee approached the two younger black men, telling them they had to see a Mac specialist or leave the store, as they were not welcome due to their race.

According to the legal filing, the employee told the two shoppers, “Before you say I’m racially discriminating against you, let me stop you. I am discriminating against you,. I don’t want ‘your kind’ hanging out in the store.”

The two plaintiffs found a store manager and explained the situation before leaving.

The suit, filed in February, accuses Apple of discrimination under both New York and federal civil rights laws for “emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, and other non-pecuniary losses.”

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