PERRIS, California –
A woman filed a lawsuit against Walmart alleging racial discrimination because she had to be accompanied to a register to buy African American beauty products that were locked in a case.
Essie Grundy, who joined her husband, daughter and attorney Gloria Allred, spoke about the lawsuit during a press conference on Friday.
He recorded video of the incident on a cell phone, describing what he found in the Walmart.
"When I walked down the aisle and saw that Walmart had put all African-American skin and hair products under lock and key, I had to pause," he said. "I felt that I was being treated like a person who could be a thief, even though I do not have a criminal record."
Grundy said that what mattered was being escorted to the cash register.
"I never want my children," or someone else's children, to experience what I did at Walmart that day, "he said.
Allred said that this kind of policy is not a case at all Walmart stores , but it is in some.
"We believe it perpetuates a racial stereotype that African-American clients should be suspected of being thieves and criminals," he said.
Eyewitness News approached Walmart, and representatives said the company does not tolerate discrimination.
".. We are sensitive to this situation and we also understand, like other retailers, that some products such as electronics, automotive, cosmetics and other personal care products are subject to additional security. These determinations are made store by store. data that supports the need to increase measures ed. Although we still have to review a complaint, we take this situation seriously and hope to address it in court, "the statement said, in part.
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