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Study examines workplace discrimination

Employers in New York are required by law to provide their employees with a safe working environment, and they are prohibited from discriminating against employees or potential employees on the basis of race or other protected characteristics. According to a study by Glassdoor, though, around 33% of working adults have witnessed or experienced racism at work. The study involved responses from more than 5,000 people and found that 55% of workers in the U.S. thought their companies should increase efforts toward diversity and inclusion.

The study covered employees in the U.S., the U.K., France and Germany and found that the U.S. had the highest occurrence of sexism, racism and discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community. Men were more likely, at 31%, to encounter racism than their female counterparts, at 19%. People in the millennial generation were more than twice as likely to make a report of prejudice than employees who were 55 years old or older. About 42% of millennial respondents said they had witnessed or experienced workplace racism.

Overall, 31% of the people involved in the study said they had witnessed or experienced biases based on race in the workplace. With regard to sexual orientation discrimination, 25% said they had witnessed or experienced it. The chief people officer of Glassdoor said the report should act as a wake-up call for employees and employers to work together to create a culture of inclusion.

People who believe they have been discriminated against in employment might want to speak to an attorney. An attorney who has experience in employment discrimination cases might help by examining the facts of the situation and interviewing witnesses to put together a case for trial. An attorney may be able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement for money damages or draft and file a complaint in civil court.

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