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Workplace Diversity

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Workplace Diversity
As our economy becomes increasingly global, our workforce becomes increasingly diverse. Today, corporate structures are involved in globalizing. Markets and market shares are more dynamic, and the workplace is increasingly more integrated. Companies are now investing in diversity management as they are now managing a global workforce. However, with the education and training on diversity for both the employer and the employees, many workers believe that workplace bias against women, blacks, Asian Americans, Hispanics and homosexuals still exists. This paper seeks to prove that workplace discrimination against by gender; race, color and nation origin; Hispanics; and homosexuals indeed exist today.

Effectively managing diversity is crucial to any heterogeneous workplace. Companies need to understand the background of many forms of conflict in order to manage diversity effectively in the workplace. Women, blacks, Asian Americans, Hispanics and homosexuals are the groups that are mostly affected by issues of diversity in the workplace. Each of these groups was selected for the following reasons: Women represent 50.9% of the population. Blacks and Asians represent the two highest race percentages in the U.S. (see figure 1). Hispanics can include individuals of any race and are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. Homosexuals are still the most openly discriminated against in the workforce. [pic]

Fig.1. Population by Race (Census 2000)

Workplace Discrimination against by Gender
Women accounted for 46% of the workforce in 1996. This percentage is expected to rise to 48% by the year 2010. However, women continue to encounter glass ceiling. The opportunities for advancement in the corporate world for women are very limited and many times they are treated as inferior to their male counterparts. Women, on the average, earn less than their male counterparts. “The average American woman earns about 74 cents...