A southern California woman filed a lawsuit against Walmart on Friday, alleging racial discrimination after she found that her local store was keeping beauty products marketed toward black shoppers in locked cases, separated from other products.
Essie Grundy like most other woman went to Walmart on Friday to pick up hair care products.
However, she noticed something very disturbing about the section Walmart refers to a section catered to “ethnic hair.”
Grundy says the Walmart located at 1800 N. Perris Blvd. in Perris discriminated against her because the products that African Americans use were locked behind a glass wall.
“It was something I had to stand up for,” she said. “I would like the glass to go down, and for things to go back to the way it was, where it’s not segregated and everything is where everyone can get what they need.”
Well known attorney Gloria Allred is taking on the specifics of this case.
Allred said Grundy was shocked that the hair and skin items were “segregated” while beauty products for other races were easily available to customers.
Not only were the products locked behind the glass case, but Grundy was not allowed to touch the items until she purchased them.
After she shared her concern with the Walmart employee, he responded saying it was a policy implemented by their corporate office.
A Walmart spokesperson assigned to this incident said in a statement,
“We serve more than 140 million customers weekly, crossing all demographics, and are focused on meeting their needs while providing the best shopping experience at each store. We’re sensitive to this situation and also understand, like other retailers, that some products such as electronics, automotive, cosmetics and other personal care products are subject to additional security. Those determinations are made on a store-by-store basis using data supporting the need for the heightened measures. While we’ve yet to review a complaint, we take this situation seriously and look forward to addressing it with the court.”
Take a look at the section in Walmart below!
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