Your natural hair has absolutely nothing to do with your fitness for a particular position at work, but you'd be hard-pressed to prove that based on the reactions that a lot of corporations have to black hair.
The Wonderful Company, which produces Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice and Wonderful pistachios, is co-owned by a self-made woman. However, the billionaire entrepreneur, once a struggling mother of two herself, is accused of being notoriously unfriendly to her pregnant employees.
The impact of racial discrimination in the workplace is vast and continuous, despite legal protections. Even workers who do get hired find that it can be far harder to keep those jobs.
Allowing a racist remark to go unchallenged conveys the subtle message that whatever is being said is somehow acceptable.
There's a lot of conversations going on about the concept of privilege in America.
Reports indicate that the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are not as open to African-American workers as one would hope, with many of them reporting workplace discrimination.
Both men and women experience gender discrimination in the workplace. However, looking at the percentages for different types of discrimination -- not getting a raise based on one's gender, for instance -- show that it happens vastly more often for women than it does for men.
Racial discrimination in the workplace may be illegal, but that does not mean it doesn't happen all the time. In fact, about 33 percent of Latino workers claim they have been discriminated against at work. That's a stunning percentage, considering today's modern employment laws.
The world is a very different place today than it was back in 1989. However, in one way, researchers say that nothing has really changed since then. They claim that the discrimination that African-Americans face when trying to get jobs is exactly the same.
California prioritizes the right to work and be free of discrimination, and Californians have more explicit rights in the workplace than most other Americans. Challenges still remain, and many members of racial minorities face them every day.