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Three fifths of workers have witnessed workplace discrimination, study finds

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Posted at 3:19 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 17:28:40-04

Nearly 60 percent of U.S. workers surveyed said they have witnessed or experienced discrimination based on age, race, gender or LGBTQ identity at their place of employment, according to a Glassdoor survey conducted by The Harris Poll.

The survey said that 45 percent report having experienced or witnessed ageism; 42 percent having experienced or witnessed racism; 42 percent having experienced or witnessed gender discrimination; and 33 percent having experienced or witnessed LGBTQ discrimination at work.

Glassdoor also surveyed workers in the U.K., France and Germany. The poll found that 55 percent of workers in the U.K., 43 percent in France and 37 percent in Germany witnessed or experience workplace discrimination.

While the survey showed a majority of American workers witnessing discrimination, a majority of American workers have witnessed efforts to diversify the workplace. Sixty-four percent of U.S. workers said their company is investing more in diversity and inclusion than it has in years past.

"With more attention on workplace diversity in recent years, it's encouraging to see jobs data that affirms employers today are in fact investing more in diversity and inclusion by increasing hiring for jobs to support these efforts," said Daniel Zhao, Glassdoor senior economist. "Many of these open roles range from middle management all the way up to the C-suite and focus on building or strengthening workplace diversity programs. The people who work in these roles tend to have past experience in human resources or talent acquisition and have often made very deliberate decisions to work in the field of diversity and inclusion because they are passionate about ensuring employees of all backgrounds feel welcomed and heard."

For more info on the survey, click here .