Professor Pittman Claytor Leads Study on Racial Bias in Retail Sales

In January, Sephora released the results of The Racial Bias in Retail Study that they commissioned in January of 2019 and for which Professor of Sociology Dr. Cassi Pittman Claytor served as the research lead. This study sought to evaluate racially-biased and exclusionary treatment in Sephora stores and throughout retail nationwide.

In part, this study found that

  • 3 in 5 retail shoppers have experience discrimination.
  • 2 in 5 retail shoppers have personally experienced unfair treatment based on race or skin color.
  • 3 in 5 retail employees have witnessed biased at their workplace.

You can read the full report here. 

Dr. Pittman Claytor’s research focuses on how racial minorities manage contemporary forms of racism. In new her book, Black Privilege: Modern Middle-Class Blacks With Credentials And Cash To Spend, Pittman Claytor offers original analysis as to what middle-class status buys blacks who have cultural capital, credentials, and cash on hand.

Pittman Claytor was also recently featured by cosmetics company Bobbi Brown in their “Pretty Powerful” Black Women Series.

To learn more about Dr. Pittman Claytor and her work, please visit her website.