According to a recent study about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, a third of employed adults in New York and other states have personally experienced or witnessed racism in the workplace. Large companies have advertised their efforts to improve this problem over the past decade, but more than half of corporate employees still say that their employers can do more to reduce discrimination.
In addition to the United States, employees from several different European countries participated in the discrimination study. Reports of racism and other forms of discrimination were highest in the U.S., especially among members of the LGBTQ+ community. The United Kingdom followed closely behind while France and Germany had significantly lower, but still notable, reports of racism, sexism and other discrimination.
Millennials were twice as likely to report incidents of discrimination in the workplace than workers over the age of 55. Researchers believe that older workers are likely to experience just as much discrimination as younger ones but internalize the stresses in the workplace more frequently. Improved awareness of racism and willingness to report problems to HR and other authorities may help lower incidents over time for people in all age groups.
Companies that have a culture where workplace discrimination is rampant may be held accountable for their negligence. A victim may find out if they could be eligible for compensation by getting an initial consultation with an attorney who practices employment law for employees. In New York, employees are protected against discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, nationality and disability by both state and federal law. An attorney may help their client decide which legal avenue is most appropriate for their case.