Despite state laws, federal mandates and an awareness about the importance of diversity in the workplace, all workers do not receive equal treatment at work. Race discrimination is a problem for many Florida employees, and diversity is only one way to confront it. Misconceptions about what diversity is and how it’s important can impact how effective these measures are.
There has been an increase in workplace diversity over the last several years, but there is still a long way to go. Most people wrongly assume that one or two hires or a few steps is enough to address this issue and mark it off the list. It is also a common misconception to assume that diversity is only about who a company hires. In reality, diversity is a more complex issue than that, and it’s not always about race.
Some employers assume that diversity will be too expensive, but that is simply not true. Most workplaces that have a diverse workforce actually outperform their counterparts. While diversity is not always an easy issue to tackle, it is important in any type of Florida workplace. Failure to hire certain individuals or enforce diverse policies could set the stage for racially offensive practices and policies.
Race discrimination in the workplace is a serious issue, and promoting diversity is only one step toward a solution. Any individual who experiences mistreatment because of his or her race could have grounds to pursue legal action against the employer. A civil claim is an appropriate way to hold liable parties accountable for unacceptable and illegal employment practices.