Study Finds Minority Retail Workers Get Lower Pay

June 2, 2015 | | Fortune |

African-American and Latino retail industry employees earn lower wages than their white colleagues, according to a new study.

The report, released on Tuesday by public policy group Demos and the NAACP, found that retailers pay black and Hispanic full-time salespeople about 75% of what they pay white workers in the same positions. Meanwhile, Black and Hispanic cashiers make about 90% of what their white colleagues earn.

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“If workers from those racial and ethnic categories continue to be systematically excluded from opportunity, that means that our labor market will be serving less than half the population in a way that’s really meaningful for families who want to pursue the American dream,” Catherine Ruetschlin, a co-author of the report, told The Associated Press.