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Racial Announcement in Walmart Store Tells Black People to Leave

March 19, 2010

As Santa Ana, California Employment Lawyers, we have been following the news story this week of the shocking store announcement made by an employee or possible shopper of a New Jersey Walmart, where they announced over the PA system that all black people had to leave the store immediately.

According to the Associated Press, the manager quickly addressed the problem and publicly apologized to the customers in the store. Officials with the Walmart Store in Bentonville, Arkansas claimed that the comment was not acceptable, and they are investigating how the possible bias-crime came to happen.

Walmart has faced similar high profile controversy in the past. In a previous blog our attorneys discussed the gender-based sex discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where the retail company agreed to pay more than $12 million to female applicants who were reportedly denied jobs based on gender and not qualification.

In other instances, black customers have reportedly claimed that they received unfair treatment at local Walmart stores, and in February of last year, the retail store paid over $17 million in a class action lawsuit settlement that alleged racial discrimination in hiring practices.

The EEOC also sued the company last year after Hispanic employees at a Sam's Club in California claimed to have been subjected to a hostile work environment filled with verbal harassment that included racial slurs and derogatory words against employees who come from Mexican heritage.

The company is currently searching for the person who made the racial comments. Officials recently determined that customers do have access to the P.A. system, so they are watching the security tapes from the day of the incident to determine the outcome. Changes are reportedly being made at the Walmart store to limit the public access of the phones.

Search On For Person Who Told Black People to Leave N.J. Wal-Mart, NPR, March 18, 2010

Black People Must Leave, NJ Walmart Announcer Says, The Associated Press, March 17, 2010

Prosecutors Investigate Racial Comments at N.J. Walmart, KWOWTV/ABC News, March 18, 2010

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC)