Approximately 60% of employees working in New Jersey and across the United States have experienced or witnessed some sort of workplace discrimination, according to a recent survey. The poll was posted by Glassdoor at the end of 2019.
The survey found that over 75% of U.S. workers believe their employer has hired a diverse workforce. However, around 60% of workers in the survey also reported that they had personally experienced or witnessed on-the-job discrimination based on race, gender, age or LGBTQ identity. Specifically, 45% of workers said they had experienced or seen workplace age discrimination, 42% said they had experienced or seen gender or race discrimination and 33% said they had experienced or seen LGBTQ discrimination. The study also found that U.S. workers were more likely to face discrimination than workers in the United Kingdom, France and Germany, who were also included in the survey.
While the survey found that job openings involving diversity and inclusion went up 30% on Glassdoor between 2018 and 2019, the job search website said its findings suggest that employers need to do more to eliminate workplace discrimination within their companies. Until then, the U.S. will continue to lag behind other countries.
It is illegal for New Jersey companies to discriminate against workers based on their race, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and a number of other protected personal characteristics. Employees who suffer such on-the-job discrimination might find relief by contacting an employment attorney for advice. After learning more about the case, the attorney may recommend filing a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or a similar state agency. This might lead to a settlement that compensates the employee for front pay, back pay, lost benefits, mental anguish and more.