​EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

Retail Stores Perpetuate Racial Inequality

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Research indicates that, like in other sectors, people of color are overrepresented in the positions with the lowest pay and the least stability and underrepresented in management positions.

Black retail workers are significantly more likely to be employed part-time when they want full-time hours, making it difficult to meet their families’ basic needs. Just-in-time scheduling practices like on-call shifts or being released from shifts when store traffic slows can exacerbate these problems and make it nearly impossible to plan a household budget.

Consistent disparities in labor market outcomes demonstrate the failure of markets to advance racial equity since the 1960s, even after decades of equality in law.  As one of the largest sources of new employment in the US economy, and the second-largest industry for Black employment in the country, the problems of occupational segregation, low pay, unstable schedules, and involuntary part-time work among Black retail staff point to an important chance for employers to make a real impact on racial inequality by paying living wages and offering stable, adequate hours for all retail workers.

Fair scheduling practices would improve working conditions and contribute to equal opportunity in the labor force.

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Retail employers sort Black retail workers into lower-paid positions and away from supervisory roles.  Black's in Ventura County retail workers are underrepresented in supervisory positions like managers or first-line supervisors. Black workers make up 10 percent of the retail labor force but just 1 percent of managers.  Black retail sales workers are overrepresented in cashier positions, the lowest-paid position in retail.
This occupational segregation by race and ethnicity is prevalent across sectors of the American economy. It is a conduit for the racial inequities in labor market outcomes and perpetuates the institutions of discrimination made illegal by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act more than 50 years ago.

 Black workers in the country, the problems of occupational segregation, low pay, unstable schedules, and involuntary part-time work among Black retail staff.  Racial inequality by paying living wages and offering stable, adequate hours for all retail workers.  Black workers experience challenges associated with discriminatory practices and a persistent wage divide.

At the end of the Civil Rights Era 50 years ago.  Employment trends exhibit a similar lack of progress,
with Black workers unemployed at about twice the rate of White workers over the last 50 years.

These consistent disparities demonstrate the failure of markets to advance racial equity,
even after decades of equality under the law.  Labor in the workforce is an opportunity divide,
employment divide,  and wage divide throughout the economy result in a “two-dimensional jobs
crisis” facing Black workers.  
(Excerpts from The Retail Tace Divide, Ruetschlin/Demos & Asante-Muhammad/NAACP, 2015) .

DO KNOW WHERE YOU ARE SPENDING YOUR MONEY?


Over the course of the years, the NAACP has stood up against institutional racism, advocating for all minorities.  While it seems we may some strives we still see where African Americans fall short in promotion in the workplaces and in the education systems. We are required to perform the same tasks, yet non-African American employees simulated in the same position, are unfairly treated, they are often they suffer less pay and reduced hours.  They are not promoted, and other employees are promoted over them.  If they speak up about discriminatory practices or disparate treatment they are label "the angry black person and management seek and create up ways to fire the employees.  


The 1964 Civil Rights Acts was written by a group of Blacks who were tired of the oppressed and disparate treatment African Americans often suffer.   The NAACP Ventura County Chapter is calling out these stores in Ventura County that continue to practice institutional racism and unfair labor practices.  The top 5 stores are T Mobile (In Touch) in Agoura Hills on Kanan Rd., Ross Dress for Less in Camarillo, Verizon Wireless on Saviers Rd, Oxnard, CA, Victoria Secret, in Thousand Oaks Mall, Thousand Oaks, CA and Sheikhs Shoe Store in Pacific View Mall in Ventura CA. T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and Sheikhs Shoes will hire only one African American in their stores and claim they have a diverse workplace.  Stop having African Americans employees train people in the store, and then promote everyone else, except for the African employee.   A Verizon wireless division management said to an African American customer when they inquired about a position, he will not hire anyone who does not speak fluent Spanish.   The person inquiring about a part-time position was an African American college honor student.

In Ventura County, our young men and ladies, have a difficult time finding employment due to unfair labor practices.  If they are fortunate to be hired, they usually are paid less and get fewer hours then their counterparts simulated in the same position.  Less than 1% are ever promoted to management positions.  This is not by coincidence, lead/management positions are usually preselected.  Our young men and ladies that are more experience and have higher education than high school have to work n positions and train people that are then promoted over them.   We want you to look around the store the next time you go into a store, and ask yourself how many African Americans do you see?  And if you do see some, then ask yourself how many are in management positions? Again stopping spending your money in stores who don't support us, our money is good enough to take, but not good enough to reinvest in our communities.  KNOW WHERE YOU ARE SPENDING YOUR MONEY!


    

Top 5 Stores/Buisness that Discriminates or Practices Unfair Labor:

  1. Victoria Secret, Thousand Oaks Mall, Thousand Oaks, CA
    Victoria Secret, Thousand Oaks Mall, Thousand Oaks, CA
    Racial Profiling. Employee identify black woman with braids stealing in the store. Woman was handcuffed and detained. Employee identified wrong person.
  2. T Mobile Cellular Store, Kanan Rd. Agoura Hills, CA
    T Mobile Cellular Store, Kanan Rd. Agoura Hills, CA
    Unfair Labor Practices against African American. Store Manager stated to African America (Black) employee she did not think he had mental capacity to be Assisted Manager. Although employee was third key holder and train employees in the store.
  3. Norstrom Rack 261 Esplanade Dr, 261 Esplanade, Oxnard, CA 93030 93010
    Norstrom Rack 261 Esplanade Dr, 261 Esplanade, Oxnard, CA 93030 93010
    Racial Profiling. Black customer wanted to exchange item, although she had tags on the item. Was told she could not go in the store to shop, until the manager said it was okay.
  4. Verizon Wireless, 1117 S Oxnard Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93030
    Verizon Wireless, 1117 S Oxnard Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93030
    Division Manager said he would not hire a black employee, he only will hire if you speak fluent Spanish.
  5. Shekh Shoe Pacific View Mall, Ventura, CA
    Shekh Shoe Pacific View Mall, Ventura, CA
    Unfair Labor Practices against African American. Store Manager stated to African America (Black) employee "Why do your people shop here, and they cannot afford to buy anything". Store refused to promote employee.