According to a new study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, Black and white human resource professionals are divided on the scope of racial discrimination in the workplace. While many states, like California, have anti-discrimination laws in place to discourage workplace harassment, the reality is that workplace discrimination still exists.
For the study, more than 1,250 and 1,300 human resource professionals were surveyed to assess their views on race in the workplace. The results of the survey showed a marked difference between Black and white HR staffers.
• 13% of white HR professionals think that ethnicity or race-based discrimination exists at their workplace.
• 49% of Black respondents think discrimination at work exists.
• A little over one-third (35%) of white HR staffers feel their company does not do enough to create opportunities for Black employees,
• 68% of Black HR professionals say the same.
• In the area of slights and rude comments in the workplace, 61% of Black HR professionals say it is a problem
These differences in perception also extend to the workforce. For instance, 7% of employees state there is racial inequality at their workplace while 35% of black workers say the same. There was, however, one area of similarity: 37% of black and white workers say they feel uncomfortable discussing issues of race at the workplace.
While it is never easy to discuss workplace discrimination, it is an important first step toward gaining justice and equality. A lawyer with a background in workplace discrimination cases can help an individual understand what does and does not constitute workplace discrimination, and what options are available for those whose rights have been infringed upon at the workplace.