Posted on June 11, 2020

Walmart Says It Will No Longer Lock Up Black Beauty Products in Display Cabinets After Being Accused of Racial Discrimination

Mary Hanbury, Business Insider, June 11, 2020

Walmart confirmed that it will no longer keep ‘multicultural’ beauty products in locked display cabinets after being accused of racial discrimination.

The retail giant has come under scrutiny for this practice in the past but was prompted to make a change this week after a customer complained in an interview with TV station CBS Denver.


On Wednesday, Walmart said in a statement that it “had made the decision to discontinue placing multicultural hair care and beauty products in locked cases.” It added that this practice was already in place in around 12 of its 4,700 stores in the US.

In 2018, Walmart shopper Essie Grundy encountered the same issue and filed a lawsuit against Walmart alleging racial discrimination for segregating products by the race of the people who use them.


News of Walmart’s decision to reverse this policy comes after the death of George Floyd and global protests that have forced many companies to speak out against racial discrimination and reevaluate some of their own policies.