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Survey finds many workers experience or see discrimination

While companies in New York and elsewhere are doing more to create a diverse and inclusive work environment, nearly two-thirds of employees still report experiencing or witnessing workplace discrimination, according to a new survey by Glassdoor. The poll involved 5,000 employed adults from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

The 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Study found that 64% of American workers believe their employers are investing more in workplace diversity programs than they have in previous years. However, 61% of U.S. survey participants also said they have witnessed or been the victim of some sort of discrimination based on race, gender, age or sexual orientation. In comparison, 55% of participants from the U.K., 43% of participants from France and 37% of participants from Germany said the same.

The survey also found that 31% of all male workers in the survey reported being victims of workplace race discrimination, compared to 19% of all female workers. Meanwhile, millennial workers were much more likely to report instances of race-based bias and other forms of discrimination than workers ages 55 and older. The authors of the study said their findings should serve as a “wake-up call” to employers that they must do more to create inclusive workplace environments and reduce all forms of discrimination.

Federal and state laws protect New York workers from employment discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, disability and other characteristics. People who have been the victims of workplace discrimination might benefit from talking to an employment attorney about their situation.