A third of workers have witnessed racial discrimination

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According to the findings of the latest workplace study, one in three adults have experienced or witnessed racial discrimination in the workplace.

Job and recruitment website Glassdoor recently released its Diversity and Inclusion Study 2019, which investigated the extent of discrimination in the workplace.

The investigation included a survey by The Harris Poll which questioned more than 1,000 adults about workplace discrimination.

Overall half of participants (55 per cent) were found to have previously experienced some form of discrimination.

Just under a third (31 per cent) of employed adults have experienced or witnessed racism taking place in the workplace, with a quarter of respondents having experienced or discrimination over sexual identity (25 per cent) and more than a third (37 per cent) have witnessed discrimination based on gender.

The survey also looked at the different ways in which men and women experience various forms of discrimination in the workplace.

More men (36 per cent) than women (25 per cent) experienced instances of racial discrimination at work. There was a similar story for LGBT+ discrimination with 31 per cent of men experiencing it compared to 19 per cent of women.

However, several factors may be responsible for this, including men’s perception of discrimination.

Samantha Randall, an Employment Law expert with Palmers, said: “This research highlights a worrying picture of the experiences employees are having regarding discrimination at work.

If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace it is important that you seek specialist legal advice to find out the range of options available to you.”

For professional and independent advice on any aspect of employment law, contact our employment team today


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