Ongoing problems of workplace discrimination

| Nov 30, 2015 | Workplace Discrimination |

Many California residents have experienced discrimination in their workplaces, often because they are black or Hispanic. The problem is extremely pervasive, and it can be difficult to prove.

According to a poll conducted by CNN and the Kaiser Foundation, 15 percent of Hispanic people and 26 percent of black people reported feeling discriminated against at their jobs in the previous 30 days. At the same time, a large number of filed complaints are dismissed. In 2014 alone, 71.4 percent of the 31,073 race discrimination complaints submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were dismissed.

Women who are also racial minorities face even more challenges. Among scientists, 77 percent of those who were black women reported having to provide additional evidence of their competence than that required of other workers. Women also reported having pressure to behave in a feminine manner. Among Asians, 41 percent felt additional pressure to act more feminine. Hispanic women reported being stereotyped as hot-tempered, with 60 percent reporting they faced negative actions when they expressed anger or were perceived as not being deferential enough.

Race discrimination continues to occur in workplaces across the country. People should be able to feel secure in their jobs and be judged for the quality and skill of their work. People who instead faces bias at work because of their protected status may want to file a complaint with the EEOC. There are strict deadlines for filing a complaint that must be followed, and thus those who find themselves in this type of situation may want to obtain the advice and counsel of an attorney who has experience in employment law matters.

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