CVS Pharmacy has come under fire after five employees filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that managers engaged in racial profiling and discrimination.
These latest accusations are not the first for the pharmacy giant. Since June 2015, a total of nine former CVS employees have filed lawsuits, including a class-action suit filed on behalf of former store detectives or “Market Investigators.”
These investigators would go to CVS locations posing as customers in order to catch shoplifters around the New York City area. In a federal lawsuit, Sheldon Thomas, a former store detective, gave details on his experience with discrimination while employed by CVS.
According to Thomas, he and other detectives were directed by CVS management to engage in racial profiling of minority customers — specifically Blacks and Latinos. The use of racial slurs by CVS managers was also divulged by Thomas.
“Make sure to watch the Spanish because they are thieves and crooks," was allegedly said by a manager according to Thomas. In another incident, Thomas claims another manager said, "Our numbers [of caught shoplifters] should be up there because lots of n*****s and Hispanics can't afford anything."
Thomas would even go on to say he and his fellow officers were encouraged to let white suspects go and arrest suspects of color.
CVS has not stood quiet in the face of these accusations. In 2015, CVS spokeswoman Carolyn Castel, in a statement, said her outfit has “Firm nondiscrimination policies that it rigorously enforces.” Another CVS spokesperson was recently quoted as saying, “[CVS] doesn't tolerate any practices that discriminate against any of our customers or employees.”
(Photo: Guy Cali/Corbis)