Study says workplace discrimination still prevalent

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A survey by online company review site Glassdoor indicates that 61% of employees in California and across the country have experienced or witnessed discriminatory behavior in the workplace. The study included more than 1,100 employees and asked about discrimination that was based on gender, race, LGBTQ identification or age. Nationwide, 42% of those who responded said they had witnessed racism at work, and 45% said they’d witnessed discrimination based on age.

Breaking down the data further, male employees in the U.S. are more likely than female employees to experience or witness discrimination in the workplace. Fifty percent of the men who responded said they’d experienced or witnessed age discrimination, compared to 38% of women. Thirty-eight percent of men said they’d experienced or witnessed discrimination based on LGBTQ identification, compared to only 28% of women. Additionally, younger employees are more likely to have experiences of discriminatory behavior at work, with more than half of workers between 18 and 34 years old saying they’ve seen gender discrimination occur. For workers aged 55 years or older, that percentage was 29%.

Seventy-seven percent of U.S. respondents said they thought their company had a diverse pool of employees, but 55% said their company should be doing more to improve diversity and inclusion efforts. Sixty-four percent said they thought their company was doing more to promote diversity and inclusion than it had previously.

Employers in California are prohibited from discriminating in hiring, promotion or other employment practices based on age, race, gender or other protected characteristics. An attorney who has experience practicing employment law might be able to help people who believe they have been discriminated against. An attorney may be able to gather evidence or conduct witness interviews to build a workplace discrimination case for trial or attempt to negotiate a monetary settlement or other relief with at-fault parties.