Today I am focusing centrally on racism in our nation’s workforce.
Yes, I am completely aware that our nation has an “inferiority infection”, which simply means that many companies in America determine our weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly pay by our race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation (although they may refuse to admit this).
According to law, racial discrimination in the workplace is protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. So why are there SO MANY cases of racial discrimination and harassment in working environments?
In 2008, there were nearly 34,000 cases of racial discrimination and harassment reported and filed to the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). I took the liberty of visiting EEOC.gov to learn more about their policies and exactly how they operate when an issue is filed. I find it rather funny that when we research certain issues on a governmental webpage, there is never any negative feedback on ANY topic. So, I turned to my “best friend”: Google. And I found that many individuals complained about their resolution, in regards to the report to EEOC, as the end result normally offered mediation.
What exactly is mediation resolving? When you are an employee that does not have a prominent position at a company and you have complained against the manager, CEO, etc., how exactly is the issue supposed to be resolved? Honestly, it would be easier for the manager to find any meticulous excuse to fire the employee after receiving a report against their reputation. Mediation solves NOTHING in the workforce, especially when an “Average Joe” is going up against the “Top Dog”.
As a young, black adult that is climbing the social ladder in the workforce, I cringe at the rising statistics of racial discrimination in our workforce. It is sad to know that after receiving multiple degree, awards, accolades, and achievements, I may still be overlooked for a position or underpaid at a company because of the color of my skin.
So, what does everyone think? Leave me feedback below, I would love to hear your opinions!
Until next time!
Peace and Love,