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Study finds most workers see or experience discrimination

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2020 | Workplace Discrimination

Chances are higher than an employee in Indiana has either experienced or witnessed discrimination based on gender, race, age or LGBTQ+ identity in the workplace than not. Even though a 2019 Glassdoor survey found that 75% of people reported a diverse workplace, more than half had also seen or been the victim of discrimination.

Younger people were more likely than those 55 and over to have seen or experienced this type of discrimination. Men were more likely to see LGBTQ+ discrimination and age discrimination. Germany, France and the United Kingdom all ranked ahead of the United States in having less workplace discrimination based on gender, race, age and LGBTQ+ identity. Ageism was the type of discrimination most commonly reported at 45%. It was closely followed by discrimination based on race or age reported by 42%. LGBTQ discrimination was reported by 33%.

The survey also found that for roles related to inclusion and diversity, job openings had gone up 30% since 2018. These included both middle management positions as well as those at the highest levels. A Glassdoor senior economist said they tend to be filled by people from talent recruitment and human resources whose strong feelings about diversity and inclusion have caused them to shift their focus.

People are also protected against workplace discrimination based on a number of other factors, including national origin, disability and pregnancy as well as from retaliation based on reporting any of these issues. Individuals who believe they are facing discrimination at work based on these protected characteristics may want to contact an attorney. While an attorney may advise the client to first pursue the complaint through workplace channels, an attorney can help ensure that employees understand their rights.


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