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.
Florida residents might be interested to learn that two black female executives with McDonald's Corporation have filed a lawsuit against the company for racial discrimination. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Chicago on Jan. 7.
A Florida parks and recreation worker is suing the City of Miami for racial discrimination after multiple complaints have come to light by black workers. The 59-year-old man, who has worked in various public works, sanitation and parks department jobs for the city for 37 years, says that his supervisor used the N-word against him in 2013, calling him the racial slur in an argument. He says that he was subjected to various discriminatory incidents since 2011, which was when a new supervisor was introduced at the job.
People in Florida continue to experience racial discrimination on the job despite long-standing civil rights laws prohibiting the practice. Once, racial discrimination was extremely overt. More recently, however, different types of discrimination, harassment and mistreatment have come to the forefront. Microaggressions are one example of a type of behavior that can create a comprehensively hostile work environment, usually for non-white employees. In one online post, 12 Facebook workers discussed the company culture in their workplace, saying that racial microaggressions were a common factor amounting to serious discrimination.
While Florida drivers might admire Tesla vehicles for their innovation and luxury, some workers at Tesla's factory allege that the company's solar panel factory is beset by racism and discrimination. A number of employees filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York Division of Human Rights. According to reports, the factory is heavily segregated, and black and Latino workers have received worse assignments and are more likely to be laid off.
Workers in Florida continue to suffer discrimination on the job, even decades after civil rights laws went into effect. Workplace discrimination can even affect high-ranking executives and other professionals in top decision-making positions. One former executive at CBS television network filed a lawsuit against his former employer, accusing the company of firing him for discriminatory reasons. The former reality TV executive, a man of Japanese descent, says that non-white executives at the network were systematically mistreated on the job. Prior to his dismissal, he served as senior executive vice president for alternative programming.