A recent study released by public policy group Demos and the NAACP found that retailers pay black and Hispanic full-time salespeople just 75 percent of what they pay white employees in the same positions. When it comes to cashiers, black and Hispanics make about 90 percent of what their white colleagues earn.
Currently, there are 10 million non-Hispanic whites, 2. 3 million Hispanics, 1.9 million African Americans and 800,000 Asian workers in the retail industry. Overall 9 percent of retail workers live below poverty, but according to the study, 17 percent of black retail workers and 13 percent of Latino workers are below the poverty line. Meanwhile, just 7 percent of white and Asian workers take home wages that put them below poverty.