CVS security guards sue: "they made us tail black and Latino customers"

Four former CVS security employees in NYC have sued the company for making them enforce a "shopping while black" policy that had them tailing black and Latino customers around the store, watching them for theft.

CVS denies the claim and says it is "shocked."

On Wednesday, four former security personnel at CVS Pharmacy stores in New York filed a federal lawsuit in Manhattan, alleging that their loss-prevention supervisors regularly instructed them to tail black and Latino shoppers in particular. The supervisors, the suit claims, told them that "black people always are the ones that are the thieves," and that "lots of Hispanic people steal."

'Shopping while black' lawsuit – a first by employees – targets CVS (+video) [Harry Bruinius/Christian Science Monitor]