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Workplace Diversity for African, Hispanic (Latino), and Asian Americans

In an ideal world, every person is treated equally when it comes to getting a job, advancing in their career, and being treated fairly in the workplace.  In reality, we know this is not the case.  Racial discrimination does still exist in hiring, firing, and promotions.

For African, Hispanic (Latino), and Asian Americans to overcome these challenges, they must be able to recognize the problems, understand the remedies, and be willing to take action. 

In this section, we cover the most significant factors that affect cultural diversity in the workplace.  The most obvious factor is workplace discrimination, which can come in many forms, ranging from subtle preferential treatment to an overtly hostile workplace environment.

A company can have a very diverse workforce in numbers, but still have an impenetrable Glass Ceiling.  This will lead to an unhealthy corporate culture where employees know the company's policy for determining promotions is not merit-based, and result in some of the best people leaving.

To their credit, many companies do have corporate diversity programs, which are intended to increase cultural diversity in the workplace.  While most of these programs represent a sincere effort to improve corporate culture, many of them are nothing more than a public relations ploy to deflect past controversies or bolster a company's image as a "good corporate citizen".

One effective, but controversial tool to increase workplace diversity is affirmative action.  While these programs typically achieve their intended goals, there is a common misconception that they create a quota system that results in the hiring of unqualified minorities over qualified non-minorities.

Topics

Workplace discrimination

- What is employment discrimination?

- Examples of discriminatory practices

- How to file a claim with the EEOC

- Links to minority-owned employment law firms

- Find an attorney to help on a discrimination case

Corporate diversity

- How to improve diversity in corporate America

- Which industries are the most or the least diverse?

- Statistics from the EEOC

- Links to corporate diversity websites

- Fortune 500 list of the best companies for minorities to work for

Affirmative Action

- What is affirmative action?

- Affirmative action vs. quotas

- Links to organizations concerned about affirmative action

- Government regulations for Federal contractors and subcontractors

Glass Ceiling

- What is the Glass Ceiling?

- What can you do when you run into the Glass Ceiling?

- Comparing the levels of diversity between industries - EEOC statistics

Job opportunities
- Find job opportunities from diversity-sensitive employers
Resources
Professional organizations

National Association of Asian American Professionals

National Society for Hispanic Professionals

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

 

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