The issue of race has dominated the headlines over the last few weeks. Even in today's culture, race discrimination is still a problem in workplaces, and many Florida business owners and employees are taking steps to address this issue head-on. Addressing the issue of discrimination can start with conversations, but it doesn't stop there. Decisive action is appropriate and critical.
Every employee has the right to be at his or her workplace without fear of discrimination or mistreatment. Unfortunately, race discrimination is still a real problem in many Florida workplaces, but victims do not have to remain silent. Individuals who experience this type of unacceptable and reprehensible treatment have the right to take legal action to hold responsible parties accountable for what they experienced. A woman recently filed a legal claim against her employer due to allegations of racial discrimination and other problems.
Florida employers have the responsibility of making sure they establish and maintain work environments that are free from inappropriate behaviors and fair for all employees. Race discrimination is still a problem in many workplaces, and there are steps companies can take to lower the chance of this happening. Inclusive and diverse workplaces are important, and developing them starts with implementing meaningful change and effective standards.
A manager at a Florida location of Whataburger is facing accusations of treating applicants unfairly during the hiring and employment screening process. Accusations against the manager include employee statements that say he instructed those overseeing the hiring of new employees not to hire anyone who was not white. The result was a lawsuit against the company that was eventually settled for $180,000.
Florida employees should be perform their jobs without fear of harassment or discrimination on the basis of their race. Racial discrimination in the workplace is illegal on both state and federal levels, yet it continues to be a problem for many. Those who experience this type of treatment are often afraid to speak out because they fear they will lose their job or face retaliation of some kind.
For workers in Florida and throughout the United States, racial discrimination can come in many forms. When it happens at work, it is often categorized as between employer and employee. However, as one recent incident shows, it can also occur when customers behave in a discriminatory fashion. In certain instances, there is a combination that leads to workers losing their jobs.
Black workers in Florida continue to struggle with racial discrimination at work, from entry-level employees to skilled professionals. At the same time, an employee's perception of certain types of racism can be affected by their position in the company. Black workers may face significant disadvantages due to racial bias, from prejudice interfering with hiring, promotion or termination to exclusion from key social networks critical to career expansion. According to one study of black employees in the medical industry, high-ranking executives and physicians were more likely to focus on institutional forms of discrimination when addressing racism on the job.
A study conducted by Glassdoor during the year 2019 indicates that 60% of workers in Florida and across the country have witnessed or experienced discrimination in the workplace. At the same time, more than 75% of workers said the companies they worked for had a diverse group of employees. The workplace discrimination asked about in the survey included discrimination based on race, gender, age and LGBTQ+ association. According to the Economic Research Team at Glassdoor, this contrast means employers should make efforts to deal with workplace discrimination.
Novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a real public health concern for many people in Florida. However, myths and prejudices about the disease have also led to troubling instances of discrimination against Asian and Asian American workers on the job. The spread of the virus and the threat of a growing epidemic have led to many concerns about how to handle workplace issues, including safety concern, mandatory closures and time off from work. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has underlined that the risk to the American public as a whole is low. In many cases, the risk of typical influenza is much higher and more deadly.
It isn't uncommon for people of color to make up the minority of people hired by tech companies in Florida and throughout the nation. It also isn't uncommon for women to make up a minority of employees hired by tech companies such as Facebook, Microsoft and Google. Those three companies were called out for their lack of diversity after publicly disclosing how many women and minorities worked for each of them.