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How the Retail Industry Maintains Racial Inequality

Facing South

new paper from the think tank Demos and the NAACP examines race in the retail industry, finding major inequities between black and Latino workers on the one hand and their white counterparts on the other.

For example, retail employers nationally pay black and Latino full-time workers just 75 percent of the wages of their white colleagues. Black and Latino retail workers are also underrepresented in supervisory positions, and they make up a disproportionate share of part-time retail workers who'd like full-time work.