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Walmart, Glass, and Black Hair Care Products

Essie Grundy, a California woman, has hired at attorney to represent her in a discrimination lawsuit against Walmart.  She has accused the store of locking black hair care products in a glass case, while other hair care products are left out in the open.

When Ms. Grundy entered a Walmart in California this past January, she saw that skin and hair products designed for black people were locked in a secure box that required an employee to open it.  When she asked an employee for help, she was prohibited from touching the products until she bought them, and a store employee had to accompany her to the register.  

Ms. Grundy’s representative, Gloria Allred, stated that a Walmart employee admitted that the order to segregate the items came from corporate.  In contrast, a spokesperson for Walmart claims that the company does not tolerate racial discrimination and policies like this are not implemented by corporate.