Now more than ever, companies are growing more diverse, resulting in a decline in negative comments regarding race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion. According to the fourth annual New Jersey State of Diversity Survey, a big part of this change is due to training. If you or someone you know was discriminated against at work, you have options. Workplace discrimination occurs when an employee is treated unfairly based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, skin color, or age. Discrimination in the workplace is illegal under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
The 2019 survey showed that individuals who never received workplace diversity training dropped from 47 percent in 2016 to 28 percent. A recent survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind randomly selected 541 New Jersey employees. When asked about their work environment, 59 percent of employees felt that their coworkers valued diverse backgrounds and encouraged a respectful work environment.
When asked whether they had any workplace diversity training, 47 percent of employees stated that they had diversity training within the last two years, while 28 percent of employees stated that they had never received diversity training at any workplace. Fifty-five percent of employees stated that opportunities to advance in their place of work was similar for employees regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation. Seventy-four percent of employees stated that mothers were treated the same as other employees, while 82 percent of employees stated that fathers were treated the same.
Filing a Workplace Discrimination Complaint
If you believe that you are being discriminated against at your place of work, you should file an internal complaint with your company. If your company fails to act, you can file an administrative charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If you fail to do this, your lawsuit may be thrown out. Your company failing to act against the problem makes your argument stronger when you file a complaint with the EEOC. It is also vital to seek the counsel of an employment lawyer who can help you file your claim and protect your rights.