20 Discrimination Statistics

  1. More than 1 million employment discrimination complaints have been filed with the government since 2010.

  2. In 82% of these cases, the worker did not receive any form of relief. Relief from employment discrimination can mean monetary compensation, either through a settlement or court action, or a change in work conditions, like providing physical accommodations for a worker who uses a wheelchair.

  3.  In 2017, 67% of sexual discrimination charges were found to have “no reasonable cause” that the discrimination actually took place.

  4. In 2017, nearly a quarter of complaints involved individuals alleging they had been fired unfairly on the basis of their sex.

  5. Experts estimate that roughly three-quarters of harassment incidents go unreported, in part because those who raise such concerns are often subjected to retaliation.

  6. Many sexually harassed employees never report their harassment due to fear – fear of blame, disbelief, inaction, retaliation, humiliation, ostracism, or damage to their reputations and careers.

  7. Sexual harassment complaints are frequently followed by organizational indifference or trivialization of the complaint as well as reprisals against the victim.

  8. Only about a third of men and women say their workplace is balanced in terms of gender.

  9. Older workers are much more likely to wrestle with prolonged joblessness than younger ones, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. On average, a 54-year-old job hunter will be unemployed for nearly a year.

  10.  While only 3% of all white women make it to the executive level of an organization  (compared to 6% of white men), only 2% of asian, black and hispanic women make it to the C-suite.

  11.  92% of all Black Americans say that, generally speaking, they believe discrimination against black people exists in America today.

  12.  55% of White Americans say that they believe discrimination against white people exist in America today.

  13.  Nearly seven in ten (68%) women say they believe that discrimination against women exists in America today, while 44% of men believe that discrimination against men exists.

  14.  37% of women said that they or a female family member had been sexually harassed, while 8% of men said they or a male family member had been sexually harassed.

  15.  Four in ten Black Americans (42%) and Native Americans (38%) say they or a family member have experienced violence because of their race.

  16.  51% of Black Americans say they have personally experienced racial slurs, and 57% of LGBTQ Americans say they have personally experienced slurs about their LGBTQ identity.

  17.  Nine in ten (90%) LGBTQ people say that discrimination against LGBTQ people exists in America today.

  18.  Black Americans are more than six times more likely than White Americans to say they or a family member have been unfairly treated by the courts because of their race (45% of Black Americans vs. 7% of whites).

  19.  A majority of all LGBTQ people say that they or an LGBTQ friend or family member have been threatened or non-sexually harassed (57%) or have experienced violence (51%) because they are LGBTQ.

  20.  64% of Americans say racism remains a major problem in America.


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