The Racial Wage Gap in Retail Is Atrocious

June 2, 2015 | | NY Mag |

According to a new report, minorities who work in retail earn less and are less likely to be promoted than their white counterparts. The study, released yesterday by the NAACP and public-policy group Demos, found that retailers pay black and Latino full-time salespeople about 75 percent of what they pay white workers in the same positions. On average, black salespeople are paid $11.54 an hour, while white salespeople average $15.38 an hour.

Not only are minority retail workers paid the least, the report found, but they are also given the fewest opportunities for advancement. While black workers make up 11 percent of the national retail workforce, only 6 percent of supervisory positions are held by black employees.

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