Ethnic and Cultural Awareness in the Workplace

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Abstract
This paper examines how Hispanic struggles within the workplace to negative factors such as discrimination, unfairness, injustice and harassment. It also places emphasis on historical and comptemporary antedecants, multiculturalism, and oppression.

Introduction
In an ideal world, every person is treated equally when it comes to getting a job, advancing in their career, and being treated fairly in the workplace. However in reality, we know this is not the case. Racial discrimination does still exist in hiring, firing, and promotions and unfortunately discrimination against Hispanics in the workplace is on the rise. As the economy worsens and job losses mount in America, there is an increase in discrimination toward Hispanics in the workplace in America. Racial discrimination poses a large problem in the American workplace. Racial discrimination affects people all over the world. In defining racial discrimination, the National Research Council differentiates between differential treatment and differential effects, creating a two-part definition: one being differential treatment on the basis of race that disadvantages a racial group and two being treatment on the basis of inadequately justified factors other than race that disadvantages a racial group with a differential effect (NRC, 2004:39-40). People of all ethnicities and from all different walks of life are influenced in some way by workplace discrimination which is the most common form of discrimination. While America has always stood for being a country with diverse ethnic cultures that make us great, the fear is that those who have the least may suffer the most in this economic downturn as unemployment rises and jobs, even those that were previously unwanted, now become a precious commodity. While African-Americans in this country have for many decades, always suffered the most unemployment, Hispanics are not far behind. Hispanics, as well as other minorities, still suffer from discrimination in the work place and in even in their daily walk of life. In this world we are constantly being categorized by our race and ethnicity, and for many people it’s hard to look beyond that which should not be a factor but very much so is. Even though in the past many stood up for equality and to stop racism and discrimination, it still occurs and as a nation we should be free of such behavior but unfortunately we are not. In this nation of freedom and equality, there are still many people who believe that their race is superior to others and personally I have a hard time understanding and making sense of this. These beliefs are the ones that destroy our nation and affect the lives of many including Hispanics. Instead of becoming a society where the rich cultures of Hispanics and Latinos are shared with other cultures in America, too much of the country remains segregated. There are many causes of discrimination within the workplace for Hispanics along with other workplace barriers such as unfairness, injustice, and harassment. I’m African American, I’m a female, and I’m a single parent, with these three characteristics I’m considered a statistic and also a possible victim of discrimination due to my statistics. The struggle for me is and will always be harder but being Hispanic in America’s workplace is more far-fetched than me being any of the three characteristics and also being labeled as a statistic. This topic doesn’t come from a racial or bias aspect; this comes with what I see with my naked eye and how Hispanics struggle to survive in America’s workplace on various levels. Studies show Hispanics have a tremendous struggle with equality and respect within America and its workplace (www.hispanicsinamerica.blogspot.com). What are the Historical and Contemporary Antecedents of Societal Discrimination for Hispanics?

The Hispanic community has seen its share of...
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