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Survey shows extent of experienced and perceived discrimination

| Nov 7, 2019 | Employment Law |

Discrimination unfortunately still occurs in a wide range of settings and situations. Although extensive efforts have been made to educate the public on discriminatory practices and harassment, such behaviors continue to occur in the workplace on an all too frequent basis.

In fact, a recent survey found that 60% of workers have either experienced or witnessed some from of workplace discrimination, whether based on age, gender, race, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The true extent of workplace discrimination and harassment is difficult to gauge, though, especially considering the fact that different generations may view the same behaviors differently.

For example, the survey found that workers between the ages of 18 and 34 were much more likely to report having experienced or witnessed discrimination in the workplace. This may be attributable to the increased education these workers received about discrimination and harassment. These younger workers, therefore, may be more adept at spotting discrimination and calling it out when they see it.

Some experts in the field say that although these younger workers may be able to spot inappropriate workplace behavior more, that behavior may not rise to the level of discrimination or harassment as young workers often believe. This may skew the numbers to a certain extent, but what is important is that workers are vigilant in identifying and reporting behavior that they believe is discriminatory, harassing or downright wrong.

By discussing these matters with an attorney, a wronged employee can better determine whether the behaviors in question were actually illegal. If they were, then legal action could be taken against an employer to seek damages and even reinstatement one to their position. As this survey shows, though, these matters can be quite complicated, which is why it is often best to have a skilled legal ally on one’s side before moving forward with a claim.