Workplace discrimination still a problem, study finds
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Although women account for half of the U.S. workforce and
companies have become increasingly racially and ethnically diverse,
inequalities in pay and career advancement remain, and feelings of discrimination
are commonplace, according to a report by CareerBuilder.com.
In an online survey
of 2,527 adult U.S. workers employed full time, CareerBuilder.com found that
women and Hispanic workers were twice as likely to hold an administrative or
clerical entry-level job as "non-diverse workers," which
CareerBuilder.com defines as Caucasian males who are not disabled or part of
the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
More than half of women, Hispanics and workers with disabilities
reported earning less than $50,000 per year, compared to three-in-10
non-diverse workers, according to the survey.
CareerBuilder.com surveyed more than 1,300 diverse workers from
six segments — African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, women, workers with
disabilities and the LGBT community — between Feb.21 and March 10 to get a read
on how their workplace experiences are changing.
Non-diverse workers and LGBT workers were most likely to hold
management jobs, while Hispanic workers were the most likely to hold entry-level
and administrative jobs. Still, certain diverse segments ranked higher than
non-diverse workers in compensation. For instance, LGBT workers were more
likely of all segments to earn six figures, according to the report.
"The U.S. workplace has experienced fundamental shifts over the
last two decades that have had a major impact on business, including economic
downturns, the introduction of new technology and the strengthening of laws
designed to promote equality,” said Dr. Sanja Licina, senior director, talent
intelligence and consulting at CareerBuilder. "While companies have made
strides in creating an inclusive workplace for all workers, there is still work
to be done, especially in the areas of hiring, compensation and career
All diverse segments of the population reported feeling
discriminated against at work, with African Americans feeling the most
discriminated against, at 25 percent. They were followed by disabled workers,
at 22 percent; Hispanic workers, at 21 percent; women at 19 percent; and LGBT
workers at 18 percent.
More than half of non-diverse workers feel diverse workers have a better
chance of landing new jobs; one-third of diverse workers agree. However,
two-thirds of diverse workers don’t market themselves as diverse when looking
for a position. Of these workers, 25 percent believe marketing themselves as
diverse will lessen their chances of getting a job interview.