Survey reveals workplace discrimination persists in United States

A recent survey by job website Glassdoor points to some concerning data about the prevalence of discrimination at work. Almost 60 percent of employees in the United States claim they have seen, or experienced workplace discrimination based on race, age, gender or LGBTQ identity.

Workplace discrimination is illegal. Even though there are existing laws in place to protect employees from discrimination, it still occurs far too often in offices, factories and other workplaces across California and the United States.

More than 1,100 U.S. employees participated in Glassdoor’s online poll. Age discrimination was most widely reported, with 45 percent of respondents saying they have experienced or seen it. Race and gender discrimination were second, both at 42 percent. Thirty-three percent of employees have experienced or seen LGBTQ discrimination at work.

Over half of the surveyed individuals believe their employer should boost efforts to make the workplace more inclusive and diverse. The survey results show that while progress is being made, more proactive steps need to be taken to eliminate and prevent discrimination in the workplace. Glassdoor found that over the past year, employers invested 30 percent more into hiring for roles dedicated to improving inclusion and diversity.

Job applicants and employees who have suffered discrimination based on certain personal characteristics that are protected under law may be able to seek compensation. In order to have a discrimination claim, the employee must show that the employer’s discriminatory conduct was at least partly based on one of the individual’s protected characteristics such as age, race, gender, national origin, religion and disability, among others.

If you believe you have experienced discrimination at work, speak to the knowledgeable employment lawyers at McCormack & Erlich.

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