Many people in the United States will acknowledge that the hiring system is biased and that white people have a significant and systemic advantage over people of other races when it comes to getting hired. If you’re a Florida resident seeking a job, here are some important things you should know about racial discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
What does the research say?
A HuffPost/YouGov poll of 1,000 adults in the U.S. revealed that nearly half of the poll participants admitted that people of color are not treated as fairly as white people during the hiring process. About 79% of Black Americans and 69% of Latinx Americans surveyed stated that racial discrimination is a huge problem in the U.S.
The numbers took a sharp turn when poll participants were asked to think about how people of various races were treated during the hiring process at their current workplaces. While 57% of Black Americans stated that minorities are treated less fairly than white people at their own workplaces, only 31% of Latinx and 23% of white participants agreed. Of all the races surveyed, white people were the most likely to say that all races are treated equally. Additionally, Black and Latinx women said they don’t feel that white people are using their power to support minority colleagues.
Results of the research
The survey indicates that colleagues have vastly different experiences in the workplace when it comes to racial harassment, even when they work for the same company. It is also fair to deduce that people see their race or ethnicity as a factor in the hiring process.
If you’ve been discriminated against during the hiring process or at your current place of work, speak to a discrimination lawyer. A legal professional may help you understand whether you’re entitled to a settlement.