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Racial Discrimination in the Hiring Process

January 5th, 2018

Bucks County Employment Discrimination Lawyers discuss racial discrimination in the hiring process.Employment discrimination comes in all shapes and forms. From gender discrimination and sexual harassment, to racial discrimination in the workplace, data suggests that discrimination can occur at all levels of employment, including during the hiring process. Although many people believe that racial discrimination in the workplace has declined over the years, a new research study conducted through Northwestern University, Harvard University, and the Institute for Social Research in Norway suggests that job hiring discrimination has remained unchanged for African Americans for the past 25 years.

Employment Discrimination on a Basic Level

To determine whether employment discrimination based on race still exists, researchers conducted two types of experiments during the application and hiring process. Mock application forms and resumes were developed for all racial backgrounds, varying in qualifications and skill level. Researchers developed resumes featuring names stereotypically associated with African American, Latino, and Caucasian populations. The names were randomly attached to create a level control group. Studies were done through in-person and online application submissions. For in-person applications, pairs of trained research testers from different racial backgrounds applied for specific jobs.

Research included more than 54,000 applications for over 25,000 jobs. The ending meta-analysis combined data from 24 different research studies. Results from the studies were analyzed based on the number of callbacks received by each racial group. The study concluded that employers issued 36 percent more callbacks to Caucasian applicants when compared to equally qualified African American applicants. To a lesser degree, racial discrimination during the hiring process is also present in the Latino population, with Caucasian applicants receiving 24 percent more callbacks than equally qualified Latino applicants. Results of the study suggest that job hiring discrimination still exists for African Americans, while Latinos have experienced a slight decline in racial discrimination during the hiring process when compared to previous years.

Bucks County Employment Discrimination Lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Assist Victims of Workplace Discrimination

Racial discrimination consists of any unfair or unequal treatment in the workplace, from refusal to hire based on race, to segregation and bias. Discrimination and workplace harassment are never okay and should not be tolerated. If you or someone you know has experienced employment discrimination, you are not alone. Our experienced team of Bucks County employment discrimination lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. are here to assist you if you believe you are a victim of racial discrimination in the workplace. With a conveniently located office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we proudly serve clients from surrounding areas. Contact us online or call 215-569-1999 to set up a free consultation, where we can discuss your case and help you receive the justice you deserve.

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