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The US has a workplace discrimination problem, new data shows

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A new study from online job and recruiting site Glassdoor reveals some harsh realities about diversity in the workplace. Sixty-one percent — or 3 out of 5 — employees surveyed in the United States say that they have experienced or witnessed workplace discrimination based on race, gender, or LGBTQ identity. That is compared to the U.K.’s 55%, France’s 43%, and Germany’s 37%.

The results of the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion study undermine the great opportunities that exist within the current labor market in the United States, Carina Cortez, Glassdoor’s chief people officer, told Yahoo Finance.

“The U.S. is seeing the lowest unemployment rate since 1969. By all measures, it’s one of the best times to find a job … Our data shows that workplace discrimination, whether based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, or identity, to name a few, persists. These findings are troubling and disappointing to see.”

Graphic: David Foster/Yahoo Finance

Forty-two percent of American workers say that they have experienced racism in the workplace — the same percentage that said they have experienced gender discrimination at work. Forty-five percent reported that they have experienced ageism, and 33% of workers surveyed said that they have experienced or witnessed LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace.

Cortez reminds Yahoo Finance that workplace discrimination can take many forms, intentional or not. “It could be someone being fired for identifying as transgender; being passed over for a promotion solely because of a person’s age. It can even be being asked, ‘Will you come back to work after having a child?"

Graphic: David Foster/Yahoo Finance

The study did, however, show some bright spots when it comes to workforce diversity. Workers in all surveyed countries report being part of a diverse workforce. Seventy-seven percent of Americans surveyed said their companies employ a diverse workforce, compared to 75% in the U.K.,63% in Germany, and 53% in France.

Reggie Wade is a writer for Yahoo Finance. Follow him on Twitter at @ReggieWade.

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