Honors English 10
20 October 2011
Ethnic Discrimination in the Workplace
Ethnic discrimination is an ongoing problem in the work place. As an attempt to extinguish this problem, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The law states that it is unlawful employment practice to discriminate based on race, color, sex or national origin. Despite these advancements, ethnic discrimination is still a prevalent problem in most work places. People of different races are being intentionally passed over for promotions and in some extreme cases, receiving lower pay than their fellow coworkers. In the ideal world these problems would not affect the lives of the many hard working men and women of America but more often than not racial discrimination continues to affect their work environment. Discrimination means acting unfavorably toward someone based on the group to which that person belongs rather than on the person’s own merits, this is displayed in the workplace when employers deliberately overlook minorities for promotions. By doing so, the employer could be hurting his own establishment because the employee he dismissed because of his/her skin color, could actually fill the intended position better than a nonminority worker. This fact is ignored by most employers, yet they continue to let their prejudice decide who receives a promotion. Another downside to Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them. Martin Luther King, Jr.
People are different, but how society deals with these differences is what defines prejudice and discrimination