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Results of workplace discrimination survey released

Discrimination in the workplace is far more common in New York and around the country than it is in Europe according to a recent survey from Glassdoor. The review website polled workers from the United States, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, and the results suggest that discrimination in the workplace based on race, gender, age or sexual orientation is more prevalent where English is the primary language. More than 6 out of 10 of the American workers surveyed and over half of the British workers polled said that they had witnessed or experienced workplace discrimination. In France and Germany, the figures fell to 43% and 37%, respectively.

America was the country where workers were most likely to say that they experienced or witnessed workplace racism, but ageism was the form of discrimination most commonly reported in both the United States and the United Kingdom. One thing that workers from all of the countries seemed to agree on was that their employers were not doing enough to address employment discrimination.

The results of the Glassdoor survey also suggest that men are more likely than women to witness or be the victim of discrimination in the workplace, and younger workers are reportedly discriminated against more frequently than their older colleagues. More than three-quarters of the American workers polled said that their employers had taken steps to tackle discrimination, and 64% of them believed that investment in diversity and inclusion initiatives had increased in recent years.

One of the reasons that employers are taking action to deal with unfair treatment in the workplace is the toll that accusations of harassment or discrimination can take on their reputations. Attorneys with experience in this area may remind employers of this risk when they encourage them to settle discrimination complaints at the negotiating table. Attorneys might also point out that litigating these cases could lead to a flood of similar complaints.

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