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Black, Hispanic Retail Workers Paid Less

Black and Hispanic retail workers get paid less than their white counterparts, according to a study released by the NAACP.

The study sought out to examine the differences in retail workers’ occupations, earnings, and schedules to highlight disparities in the retail industry regarding people of color.

Consistent disparities in labor market outcomes demonstrate the failure of markets to advance racial equity since the 1960s, despite equality being present in law, the report found.

Retail is the second-largest industry for Black employment in the country, and issues resulting from occupational segregation, low pay, unstable schedules, and involuntary part-time work among Black and Hispanic retail staff point to an important opportunity for employers to greatly impact racial inequality.

Researchers recommend that employers pay employees living wages and offer them stable, adequate hours for all retail workers.

Some key findings from the report:

  • Retail employers pay Black and Latino full-time retail salespersons just 75 percent of the wages of their white peers, amounting to losses up to $7,500 per year.
  • Retail employers pay Black and Latino full-time cashiers about 90 percent of the wages of their white peers, amounting to $1,850 in losses per year.
  • Retail employers pay 70 percent of Black and Latino full and part-time retail sales workers less than $15 per hour, compared

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