Discrimination abounds in U.S. workplaces: survey

More than 80 per cent of executives polled have witnessed discrimination
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 03/05/2007

Workplace discrimination is still prevalent in American business, according to a recent survey by TheLadders.com, a New York-based executive job website.

In a poll of 331 executives across the United States, the majority (81 per cent) said they had witnessed discrimination in the workplace, while 77 per cent said discrimination typically comes from the top down and 58 per cent said they have not taken any action against discrimination in the workplace.

Race was the most common type of workplace discrimination (at 42 per cent), followed by gender (38 per cent) and age discrimination (31 per cent). Only nine per cent of respondents said they had witnessed discrimination based on sexual orientation.