By Staff

BOSTON (CBS) —  Hicham Ali “Sam” Hassan, who once owned a now-closed clothing and shoe store in the Back Bay, is now banned from running a retail business in Massachusetts. Attorney General Maura Healey also announced Friday that the former “Tannery” owner needs to compensate victims of his alleged racist discrimination with up to $220,000 in restitution.

Back in 2017, Hassan was accused of engaging in a pattern of discrimination against customers at the high-end store. A complaint stated that Hassan stopped a Black customer at the store, suggested he didn’t have enough money to shop at the Tannery, and said “he did not want [his] kind in [the] store.” In another case, Hassan stopped a woman of Syrian descent in his store and asked where she was from.

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Hassan allegedly told her that he didn’t trust immigrants and said “I love Trump! I am glad he is going to get rid of all the immigrants,” the complaint said.

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“We have strong laws in Massachusetts to put an end to the kind of unlawful, unacceptable, and racist behavior that this business owner blatantly displayed in his store,” Healey said in a statement. “This settlement provides relief to the customers that were harmed and makes clear that everyone should be welcome and respected in businesses across our state.”

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The settlement prevents Hassan “from reopening the Tannery or operating any other place of public accommodation in Massachusetts.” Staff