Racial Discrimination in the Workplace

Racial discrimination in the workplace is any exclusion, restriction, or preference based on race, color, descent, or national or ethnic origin, which has the purpose of impairing an employee’s ability to exercise their rights to equal standing in the workplace (“Discrimination,” n.d.). This topic interests me because we as people live this daily. Every day someone is a victim of racial discrimination.

I recently interviewed a young woman, and she shared with me that she learned that a young man was working in the same position as her after her with no experience in the same role made more than 12 dollars more than her. When she learned that information, she also made an anonymous call to the employee hotline. The very next morning, the lady was called into the office. The “anonymous” call she made was the meeting topic (J. Sumter, personal communication, March 12, 2021). If this wasn’t a prime example of discrimination, I’m not sure what you call it.


 Even though racial discrimination is illegal, it still happens


Tons of cases slip through the cracks, and many people become a victim. Many people don’t understand that they have a voice, and they can be heard. Thousands of people report job discrimination to the government each year. However, they do nothing about it. Employers are rarely held accountable for their actions (Jameel & Yerardi, 2019). Discrimination is a highly debatable topic.

Racial discrimination is something that happens daily. We have had and still having widespread protests that have filled the streets in every U.S. state and around the world since George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police late in May. As the Black Lives Matter movement reminds us — and as the murders of Floyd, Rashard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, and too many others. African Americans, and the Hispanic (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020). Is it fair?

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