Racial discrimination happens regularly and most of us are ignorant of it. The most frequent place that it occurs is in the workplace where African Americans may face both racism and sexual harassment. This paper discusses the discrimination of African Americans particularly in their work places. By using the essay African Americans And Workplace Discrimination by Fernandes, and Alsaeed, the paper discusses the discrimination of the African Americans in the workplace.

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Racial discrimination in work places


Being able to access equal and fair employment opportunities is crucial in realizing the American dream. Despite that, African Americans and other minorities were locked out in many of the American workplaces. They were denied jobs on the basis of their race, isolated into lower-pay jobs, discriminated in terms of payment and numerously subjected to racial harassment. According to Fernandes and Alsaeead, (2014), discrimatory practices in places of work have become more exquisite and hence difficult to identify and correct, yet the workplaces in America continue reflecting unfair and unlawful discrimination. According to an online magazine diversityinc.com, 2013 statistics, in Fortune 500 companies only six CEO’s were black which can only account for 1.2% in comparison to others (pg 7). This is as a result of lack of opportunities for promotion, growth, and elevated administrative roles for networking.


The continued racism and unequal opportunities in places of work for African American has hindered their professional growth. Obstruction to upward career mobility is greater in service workers, skilled and unskilled laborers in comparison to managers and professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the rate of unemployment for black and white in age bracket of 25 years and older, by educational qualification suggested that employment of blacks is low as compared to whites (pg 8). As result of this discrimination African American’s have concentrated in the lower primary sector such as clerks and receptionists including manual laborers for black men. This prospect is acutely problematic as it result bigotry, domination and negative stereo types against black population.


However most of the extreme employment practices in the American workplaces were stamped out by the 1964 Civil Rights acts. The Act was enacted to eradicate discriminatory employment patterns against any person on the basis of their race, religion or national origin. Nevertheless, there is a strong resistance to enforcement of the laws that exist and the resistance to restorative affirmative action to eradicate discrimination in workplaces has been politicized. According to the article there are four steps that can be adopted by organizations to reduce discrimination practices at work places. These are: Identification of hazards, assessment of the risks, evaluation and reviewing of the processes. According to the article workplace discrimination policy should be designed to prevent harassment. There should be provision of information about the workplace discrimination to the employees.




Conclusively, despite the various law and acts that have been put in place to protect the interests and rights of the safeguarded group from discrimination, it still continue to be practiced and felt by the black population. The African Americans continue to struggle across every step of corporate ladder. Though the efforts that have been put across to address the issue of discrimination at workplace was a major step to a free and fair competition in US, racial segregation have a significant major effect on the work environment and employment opportunities. However, with correct planning and implementation of policies put in place by the government, the issue of discrimination at workplace can be successfully combated.