Workplace discrimination has been under the microscope in recent years, leading to intense efforts to reduce on-the-job prejudice. Still, New Jersey workers may find themselves subjected to various levels of mistreatment on the job. Recognizing it when it occurs can be important to putting a stop to the behavior.
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.
New Jersey readers might be interested to learn that workplace retaliation was the most common type of discrimination charge filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the 2019 fiscal year, according to the latest annual report by the agency. Retaliation was also the most common charge filed by workers in 2018.
Large companies such as Google and Papa John's have used implicit bias training in an effort to make their organizations more inclusive. However, there is some question as to whether their employees in New Jersey and throughout the country actually benefit from it. Research has shown that attempt to teach people about their biases may actually work to further affirm their views. Ultimately, implicit bias training may only be effective if people want to learn about stereotypes and how to overcome them.
Widespread age discrimination sometimes makes finding a job difficult for older adults in New Jersey. A report released by the AARP strongly suggested that employers favor younger job applicants. An analysis of the language within job postings by the National Bureau of Economic Research supported this claim. The NBER identified the frequent use of words and conditions meant to attract younger job applicants and discourage older ones.
Employers in New Jersey and around the country can be held accountable by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission when they fail to address discrimination and harassment in the workplace. The EEOC launched an investigation when several workers at the ride-sharing company Uber complained about sexual harassment and retaliation, and the agency reported on Dec. 18 that the complaints appear to be legitimate.
New Jersey residents may be familiar with the video game "League of Legends." Riot Games, the company that publishes the online battle game, has recently been ordered to pay out $10 million for a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit. A thousand female employees of Riot Games will be compensated in varying amounts depending on their length of employment.
An employee who understands workplace rights in New Jersey may be better equipped to confront issues related to sexual harassment or other forms of discrimination. The ability to recognize illegal workplace discrimination and assert legal rights could lead to a solution or prevent a problem from festering.
According to the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Study, 61% of respondents said that they either saw or experienced discrimination on the job. This is in spite of the fact that companies in New Jersey and throughout America are putting more money and effort into diversifying their workforce. The study included 1,100 workers, and it found that workplace discrimination was more common in the United States than in European countries such as France and Germany.
Despite there being laws that prohibit employers from discriminating against women because of pregnancy, that sort of discrimination remains a problem in New Jersey and across the country. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reportedly received 2,790 pregnancy discrimination complaints in 2018 alone, and a staff attorney for the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union said that figure likely underestimates the number of workers who are impacted by pregnancy discrimination.