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Kanye West may be a fan of Zara and their price points, but according to a recent report, Zara isn’t a fan of him or anyone with his skin color. A new survey by the Center for Popular Democracy found that the clothing retailer discriminates towards non-White customers and employees.

Over 250 New York City employees were surveyed by the group, and the findings were SHOCKING … but not really if you’ve ever been inside a Zara. According to the workers, there are feelings of unequal working conditions between Black, Latino and White employees. The study found that Black and “darker-skinned” employees believed they were less likely to be promoted than their White counterparts.

“Findings reveal that both race and skin color play a role in the treatment of employees and customers,” reads the report. “Lighter-skinned workers of color and white employees tend to have higher status assignments, more work hours, and a stronger likelihood of being promoted.”

Some customers, mainly those weren’t White, were referred to as a “special order” by employees. The phrase is code for someone who looks suspicious.

A company spokesperson denied the report, releasing this statement to Huffington Post:

“Zara USA vehemently refutes the findings of the Center for Popular Democracy report which… was prepared with ulterior motives and not because of any actual discrimination or mistreatment. It makes assertions that cannot be supported and do not reflect Zara’s diverse workforce. Zara USA believes that the report is completely inconsistent with the company’s true culture and the experiences of the over 1,500 Zara employees in New York City. We are an equal opportunity employer, and if there are individuals who are not satisfied with any aspect of their employment, we have multiple avenues for them to raise issues that we would immediately investigate and address.

Approximately half of all Zara USA’s employees are Hispanic or African American. In its most recent round of internal promotions at Zara USA, approximately half were Hispanic or African American employees. In addition, approximately half of all hours are regularly allocated to Hispanic or African American employees. These facts clearly demonstrate that diversity and equal opportunity are two of the company’s core values. We are a global multicultural company serving valued customers across 88 countries, and do not tolerate discrimination of any form.”

We know some of ya’ll shop at Zara so we want to hear from you. Have you ever felt like you weren’t welcome in the store? Share your thoughts below.


Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”



It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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