Monday, April 24, 2006

Workplace bias complaints drop: Most cases involve race discrimination or boss' retaliation

"Overall, the commission said complaints dropped 5 percent to 75,428 in the 2005 fiscal year ending Sept. 30, compared with 79,432 complaints in the previous year. This continues a downward trend in complaints that began in 2003. "

"Employers' efforts to eliminate workplace discrimination are working, she said, because "companies are communicating to their employees better that the company doesn't tolerate discrimination." "

"Many companies have also set up in-house systems to handle complaints, Reesman said.
William Anthony, a management professor emeritus at Florida State University in Tallahassee, who specializes in workplace discrimination, said high-profile class-action lawsuits with big monetary settlements have also been a deterrent."

""One reason employers are doing a better job is because they see these very visible lawsuits that are filed and they don't want to be sued," he said. "

""Employers, more progressive employers at least, believe in diversity and can see that diversity can provide them with a better qualified workforce," Anthony said. "They can see that it is better to have that kind of workforce than an all-white-male workforce." "

I found this article particularly interesting. Although it does not seem that the problem of race discrimination is a negligible one at this point in our society, it is pretty undisputable that it is on the decline. I like this article because it points to alot of reasons why such discrimination is decreasing. Most importantly, I thought, was when it commented that the reason for the decrease in discrimination is in part because employers are making it clear that they will not tolerate discrimination. What I'm wondering is: Do we give employers too little credit? Many times, supervisors are the ones who discriminate; supervisors who are important enough to the employer to defend. It would appear that now, however, employers are valuing more diversity in the workplace and are doing more to enforce anti-discrimination rules and policies as well as providing more outlets for employee relief within the company. Therefore, it seems fair to say that employers attitudes are changing for the better and that there is less of a focus on protecting supervisors and executives.


Blogger James Nanavati said...

Clarification: Last Wednesday is referring to when the article was published about a year ago. So it's not literally this past week.

7:08 PM  

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