Many Americans acknowledge that employment discrimination is real. If you’re a Texas resident and you have experienced discrimination in the workplace or during the hiring process, here are some important things you should know.
What research says about racial discrimination
In a HuffPost/YouGov poll involving 1,000 adults in the U.S., nearly half of all participants said that people of color are not treated as fairly as white people during the hiring process. Minorities, including 79% of Black Americans and 69% of Latinx Americans, stated that racial discrimination in terms of employment is a serious problem in the U.S. Of the poll participants, 57% of Black Americans said that minorities are treated less fairly to white people; 31% of Latinx participants and 23% of white people agreed with this sentiment. White people were most likely to state that all races are treated the same during the hiring process, which indicates that they don’t notice or acknowledge employment discrimination as much as other races.
The survey indicates that colleagues are having vastly different experiences when it comes to discrimination on the job even if they’re working in the same offices. The way a person views the fairness of the hiring process is based on their own ethnicity and race. In particular, white people are known to experience a disconnect between how they see themselves and how their colleagues view them. Another survey indicated that Black and Latinx Americans don’t feel that white people use their power to support minority colleagues.
If you’ve been a victim of racial discrimination during hiring or while working, it’s important to speak with an experienced lawyer. Sharing the details of the discrimination with an attorney may help you decide if you want to file an employment discrimination case.