Human Resources: On Job Discrimination

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Discrimination on the American Job
New study focuses on seven diverse groups
Rosemary Haefner for and Nina Ramsey for Kelly Services

On the heels of a recent landmark Supreme Court ruling on discriminatory pay practices, and Kelly Services have released a survey that found one-in-five working Americans feel they have faced discrimination on the job.

Even though there are federal laws which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability and other characteristics, bias and pay inequities in the workplace remain a persistent problem. In fact, last year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 75,768 discrimination charges against private sector employers. The most frequent charges were race (27,238), followed by sex (23,247) and retaliation against reporting discrimination (22,555). Other frequently cited charge bases were age (16,548), disability (15,575), national origin (8,327) and religion (2,541).

The joint study, conducted by Harris Interactive, surveyed diverse and non-diverse workers across the country and segmented them into seven major groups, including African American, Hispanic, Asian, Female, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT), Individuals with disabilities and Mature workers age 50 or older. The study's goals were to:

•Gauge the frequency, severity and occasion for the perception of discrimination or unfair treatment in the workplace,

•Learn whether employee diversity is valued, and

•Measure how diversity affects hiring decisions, compensation and career advancement.

Discrimination or Unfair Treatment in...
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