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Research shows that workplace discrimination is still a problem

| Feb 18, 2020 | Workplace Discrimination |

In Florida and across the nation, workplace discrimination is a persistent problem despite increased attention being paid to the issue. Employers are encouraged to have greater diversity in the workplace. However, research indicates that even with diversity, workplace discrimination continues to take place.

A survey by Glassdoor shows that out of every four employees across the nation, three say they are part of a diverse workforce. Still, three in five U.S. workers say they saw workplace discrimination at their job or experienced it themselves. Workers were discriminated against because of gender identity, being LGBTQ+, race, gender and age. This disparity indicates that employers should be vigilant about addressing workplace discrimination so the work environment can improve.

Along with surveying employees, Glassdoor examined job listings. It found that there was a 30% rise in available jobs in the category of diversity and inclusion since 2018. Regardless, 45% of U.S. workers say they were subjected to age discrimination; 42% faced gender discrimination or racist treatment, and 33% saw LGBTQ-based discrimination. Minorities and women are not the only people who feel discriminated against. The survey showed that men have a greater likelihood of experiencing LGBTQ+ or age discrimination on the job.

Younger employees more frequently witness or are victims of the four categories of workplace discrimination than people 55 and older. This could be due to a lack of awareness on the part of older people as to what acts are discriminatory or that they are unwilling to complain. Employment discrimination can have a negative impact on a person’s life in myriad ways. If there has been harassment, civil rights violations or any other form of workplace discrimination, it could be the basis for a lawsuit. A law firm experienced with employment cases may be able to help.