Walmart fired Black hourly employees twice as often as their white coworkers at the pandemic’s start, congressional report says

A Walmart store.

Congressional report finds Walmart laid off double the amount of Black workers during the pandemic.
The report examined staffing inequities at 12 companies between 2019 and 2021.
As of July 29 this year, Black workers comprised roughly 21% of Walmart’s 1.6 million US workforce.

During the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Black hourly employees at Walmart were laid off nearly twice as often compared to their white colleagues, according to a recent congressional report. 

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis examined staffing inequities at 12 large companies between 2019 and 2021.

“Walmart had some of the largest racial inequities of the surveyed companies when it came to employment outcomes,” the report says. Other companies reviewed in the report included Walt Disney, Oracle, and Chevron. 

The select subcommittee collected several data points for US workers employed by the 12 companies including: furloughs, layoffs, terminations and firings, voluntary departures, hourly wage and salary reductions, hourly wage and salary increases, and promotions.

Per the report, the subcommittee “obtained internal company data not typically available to investigators and researchers studying workplace equity” and created a methodology to compare employment outcomes of certain groups.

The findings come as Walmart, the country’s largest private employer, has made a big push to improve racial diversity in both its store-level and managerial ranks.

During the summer of 2020, when thousands of protesters took to the streets following the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Walmart pledged to do more to address systematic racism – including a $100 million donation to establish a new center on racial equity.

“To influence and lead change, we are going to use the power of Walmart to invest resources and develop strategies to increase fairness, equity, and justice in aspects of everyday life,” Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon said during a company-wide …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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