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Study Finds Minority Retail Workers Get Lower Pay

Jun 5, 2015 at 7:00 am |


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In a recent report by the NAACP this week the study found that retailers are paying Black and Hispanic full-time workers, specifically salespeople, 75% of what they pay white workers in the same positions. Interesting, considering Black and Hispanic cashiers make about 90% of what their white colleagues earn.

Several cities and states are debating whether to raise their minimum wage to $15 per house, with L.A. recently voting to do just that. Many retail workers are protesting for such a pay hike, which the authors of the Demos/NAACP study believe could go a long way toward a much-needed reduction of the racial wage gap.

Catherine Ruetschlin, co-author of the report, told the Associated Press:

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.

We’re curious to see how this plays out and we’ll keep you posted as this story develops. In the meantime, continue to hold your head and get the job done, even though you ain’t making sh*t.

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A new study by the public policy organization, Demos, and the NAACP, found that African-American and Latino retail industry employees earn lower wages than their white colleagues. Find out the full details on this unjust story here.

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