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January 17, 2023

Workplace discrimination is a serious issue that affects many people in the United States. It occurs when an employee is treated unfairly or unfairly disadvantaged due to their race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. Discrimination can take many forms, including harassment, unequal pay, or being passed over for promotions or other opportunities.

Of course, both federal law and California law prohibit workplace discrimination. Despite this, it continues to be an issue across numerous industries, and tends to affect some groups more often than others.

Who Are the Frequent Targets Of Workplace Discrimination in the US?

According to data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the group that is most often the target of workplace discrimination in the United States is racial or ethnic minorities. In 2020, the EEOC received a total of 44,605 charges of race discrimination, making up 36.6% of all charges filed. Black workers were the most likely to report experiencing discrimination, followed by Hispanic workers.

Other groups that are statistically more likely to experience workplace discrimination in the United States include:

  • Women: The EEOC received a total of 16,041 charges of gender discrimination in 2020, making up 13.3% of all charges filed. Women are more likely to experience discrimination in the areas of pay, promotions, and job assignments.
  • Older workers: The EEOC received a total of 16,113 charges of age discrimination in 2020, making up 13.4% of all charges filed. Older workers are often disadvantaged in the workplace due to age-related stereotypes and discrimination.
  • LGBTQ+ workers: The EEOC received a total of 7,604 charges of discrimination based on sexual orientation in 2020, making up 6.3% of all charges filed. LGBTQ+ workers are often the target of discrimination due to biases and prejudices against their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Workers with disabilities: The EEOC received a total of 33,109 charges of disability discrimination in 2020, making up 27.8% of all charges filed. Workers with disabilities often face barriers in the workplace, including discrimination and a lack of accommodations.

It’s important to note that these groups are not mutually exclusive, and an individual may experience discrimination based on multiple characteristics. For example, a Black woman with a disability may face discrimination based on their race, gender, and disability.

In summary, racial and ethnic minorities, women, older workers, LGBTQ+ workers, and workers with disabilities are all groups that are statistically more likely to experience workplace discrimination in the United States. It’s important for employers to be aware of these issues and to take steps to create a workplace culture that is inclusive and respectful of all employees, regardless of their characteristics.

How a Los Angeles Discrimination Attorney Can Help

Have you been the victim of workplace discrimination in or around Los Angeles? If so, review your case with a Los Angeles workplace discrimination lawyer at Azadian Law Group, PC. We’ll explain what your legal options may be in these circumstances. Get started today by contacting us online to schedule your free and confidential case evaluation.

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