NEW YORK, NY - Drugstore chain CVS is embroiled in a legal fight over alleged racial profiling. At least four former employees have filed a lawsuit against the company, saying they were told to closely watch black and hispanic shoppers for stealing.
The employees were all detectives in the loss-prevention department in stores around New York City. According to the suit, managers told detectives to "track and follow Black customers, even when there was no indication whatsoever that they were intending to steal." The complaint also says the company created a "discriminatory environment," ordering detectives to "watch the Black and Hispanic people to catch more cases."
CVS says it does not tolerate racial discrimination and has firm policies against it.
The lawyer representing the plaintiffs says he expects the case to grow and more employees could come forward.
It is another example of the scrutiny facing Americans of color, even in the 21st century.