When employers fail to listen to or address discrimination claims

On Behalf of | Jul 2, 2020 | Business Transactions |

All Louisiana residents currently in the job force are entitled to work in environments that are free from hate, harassment and retaliation. Unfortunately, many do not, and if they choose to say something about it, they often feel their concerns fall on deaf ears. When it comes to workplace discrimination in particular, a recently conducted survey revealed that a large number of employees said their employers fail to listen to or address discrimination concerns in general, or without defensiveness or blame.

The study, called Leaders Don’t Want to Hear About Discrimination in the Workplace, asked nearly 6,000 employees and company leaders if they feel their discrimination concerns are really listened to and taken seriously by their employers. According to the results, only 29% of respondents claim that their employers always listen without victim-blaming or becoming defensive. The percentage is a little higher for top-level leaders, with 38% of executives and vice presidents feeling their complaints of discrimination are truly heard.

The study also sought to find out the differing views of men and women on this topic. Far more men, particularly those who are Caucasian, feel their discrimination claims are taken seriously than women. Only 10% of Black women and 22% of white women reported having employers that always listen to discrimination concerns; whereas, 17% of Black men and 42% of white men reported the same.

With numbers like these, it is easy to understand why so many people in Louisiana and elsewhere refuse to report discrimination in the workplace. Victims should not be subjected to blame or retaliation for this kind of behavior; rather, they should be listened to and their claims investigated. Anyone who has been a victim of workplace discrimination may be able to hold their employers accountable for failing to listen and act. Legal counsel will have the ability to review the details of one’s case and file any applicable legal actions in an effort to seek compensation for any resulting losses — regardless if they are economic or non-economic in nature.