According to a report from Iowa Public Radio, a popular online retailer has come under fire from a senior manager who is suing the company for alleged racial and gender discrimination. The employee alleges her ordeal began when the popular online retailer hired her at a lower level than she was qualified – a practice called ‘down-leveling’ she claims is common among female minority hires. The employee further alleges she was subject to racial stereotyping and sexual harassment on the job.
Although big corporations are talking the talk about employment discrimination in the workplace, sex and racial discrimination are still all too common. Some have described the incidences of workplace sex discrimination as mind-blowing with 42 percent of women reporting sex discrimination in the workplace and 25 percent saying they are paid less for the same job. A whopping 25 percent of women report being subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace with 75% reporting that they were retaliated against after reporting it.
Racial discrimination in the workplace is also a major issue with 76% of Asian and Black Americans and nearly 60% of Hispanic workers reporting that they have experienced employment race discrimination in hiring and firing policies, layoffs, work assignments, training, promotions and benefits. Although some strides have been made to level the playing field with calls to end racial discrimination on the job, there is far more work to be done to eliminate discriminatory practices in the workplace.
Being victimized by sexual harassment or racism at work can be traumatic and humiliating, but fortunately there are legal remedies you can pursue. Workplace discrimination is prohibited by law on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, age and disability. If you are a victim of employment discrimination, it is important to work with an experienced employment law attorney who will stand up for your rights in the workplace. Contact the employment discrimination law offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson for immediate assistance today at 563-355-6478.
Source: Iowa Public Radio, “An Amazon Senior Manager Sues Company For Alleged Racial, Gender Discrimination”, March 9, 2021