It’s been 70 years since the civil rights movement yet racial discrimination in both hiring practices and retaliation in the workplace continues to be as prevalent as ever. Blacks and Latinos are facing the worst of it with countless studies showing that employment discrimination when it comes to race has anything but stopped.
Luckily, applicants and employees have stood up to their employers to end the biases once and for all.
Here’s how victims of illegal employment practices fought back against unfair practices and what studies have shown about racial discrimination in the workplace.
Bass Pro settles discrimination claim for $10.5 million
Last year, Bass Pro, a chain store known for selling outdoor equipment, settled a seven-year lawsuit after accusations of racial discrimination. According to the suit, the company refused to hire qualified applicants if they were Black or Latino, except in rare occasions. And for the Black and Latino applicants who were hired, they were endured unfair treatment and harassment by their employer. When employees filed internal complaints, they would be retaliated against. To make matters worse, the company was accused of destroying records to cover up the discriminatory practices.
The terms of the $10.5 million settlement mandate that Bass Pro hold job fairs and advertise job openings in predominately Black and Hispanic communities.
Black and Latino applicants face discrimination at alarming rates
According to a 2017 study by Harvard Business Review, the chances that an employer will call an applicant back can be dependent upon an applicant’s race. In the experiments, white applicants received 36 percent more callbacks than Blacks and 24 percent more callbacks than Latinos. The study analyzed 54,000 applicants for 25,000 positions. Researchers conducted the study by submitting the same resumes, with one resume submitted by a person with a racially identifiable name.
Despite having the same qualifications, the field experiments found that hiring discrimination against Blacks hasn’t changed in the last 25 years. Statistics show that discrimination against Latinos has marginally declined.
Laws protect qualified applicants who are victims of employment discrimination. If you’ve been subjected to workplace discrimination you may want to consult with an experienced employment attorney to learn more about your legal options.