Retail Industry Fosters Racial Income Inequality: Naacp, Demos Study

June 2, 2015 | | cleveland.com |
Black and Hispanic retail workers make less than their white counterparts and are presented fewer opportunities to move up the ranks, according to a report released today.
 
A "racial wage divide" exists among front-line retail workers, such as salesclerks and cashiers, says the report by the NAACP and Demos, a progressive think tank in New York City.
 
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"I think this is a particularly egregious practice," said Catherine Ruetschlin, a Demos senior policy analyst, of the wage disparities. "Even for the same job, a black worker, who is working as a cashier, is getting paid less than a white worker, who is standing 10 feet away at another register.