Unfortunately, workplace discrimination remains a huge problem for African Americans and other minorities in America. The state of California is no exception, with many struggling to find good jobs that pay fair wages to African Americans and other residents alike.
A new report from the business insurer Hiscox may be making small business owners (and their own insurers) all over California a little nervous.
Riot Games, the maker of League of Legends and other popular video games, has been in the news since at least May. That's when 150 of its employees walked away from their desks in Los Angeles, CA, in protest over what they said was a toxic corporate culture that discriminated against women.
African Americans have long suffered from racial disparities in the workplace -- not the least of which are dress codes and grooming expectations that were designed with non-blacks in mind. California (along with New York) was among the first states to take a stand against racially based hair discrimination, passing laws that specifically forbid it in schools, public buildings and employment actions.
Speaking Spanish in public these days can expose you to some of the nastier elements of racism. Viral videos of Latinos being insulted, harassed and threatened because they were speaking in Spanish have been flooding the internet for awhile now. It probably surprises no one that up to 40% of Latinos have dealt with aggressive verbal attacks over their use of language.
When you face racial, gender or some other form of discrimination at work, you may not be in an immediate position to react. As much as you'd like to file a complaint with Human Resources or quit, you fear that you don't have enough evidence to support your complaint or the financial means to just walk out.
What's a little difference in skin tone among family members, right?
Nobody enjoys bringing up the victim of racial discrimination at work, but if you are -- whether it's subtle or overt -- you have a right to address the issue with your employer. You also have the right to expect your employer to take action.
It's hard enough to get ahead in business without a factor beyond our control getting in our way. There are several factors that we choose, such as faith or hairstyle, along with many we do not that may change an employer's view of us. Fortunately, California does not allow managers to make hiring and firing decisions based on these factors. Attorneys can help protect the rights of workers suffering from discrimination.
Riot Games, the developer of the hugely popular game League of Legends, has been hit with allegations of gender discrimination. The issue hit the gaming and tech industry with a particularly strong punch when workers staged a mass walkout in response to the company's efforts to force at least two litigants into private arbitration.