Equality improving, but disparity still exists at work

A gentleman shakes the hand of a representative

A gentleman shakes the hand of a representative from AT&T after speaking with him about what opportunities the company is offering. About a hundred employers from across the island set up stands inside the Cradle of Aviation in Uniondale for the Nassau County Job Fair. (June 8, 2011) Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

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A new CareerBuilder survey on diversity in the workplace reveals that, when it comes to fairness at work, not all diverse groups are created equal.

The study, which compared various workplace equality factors among six diverse worker groups — African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, women, workers with disabilities and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender workers, as well as how these diverse groups fared against non-diverse workers (white males who are not LGBT and not disabled) — found that each group experienced equality in the workplace differently.

Here, an overview of the successes and struggles of each group.


LGBT workers were most likely report earning six-figure salaries — even more so than non-diverse workers — with 18 percent reporting that they made more than $100,000 per year.

Women (6 percent), African Americans (8 percent) and Hispanics (8 percent) were least likely to earn more than $100,000 per year.

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Asians were the least likely to report earning less than $50,000 per year, while workers with disabilities were most likely to earn less than $50,000 a year.

Job level

Non-diverse workers reported holding the most management positions, followed by LGBT workers.

Asians were the most likely to report holding professional/technical positions and the least likely to report holding management positions.

Hispanic workers were the most likely to hold administrative or entry-level positions, followed by women.


Job advancement

More than half of non-diverse workers feel that diverse workers have a better chance in the job market. Thirty-four percent of diverse workers agree.

Non-diverse workers also seem to be the most satisfied with their current jobs — only 30 percent said they plan to look for a new job when the economy improves.

Forty-seven percent of Asian workers reported plans to look for a new job in the near future, the largest percentage of any group.


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Overall, 17 percent of diverse workers reported feeling discriminated against in their current jobs.

Twenty-five percent of African-Americans said they felt discriminated against in the workplace, the highest level of any group.

Asian workers, on the other hand, were the least likely to report feeling discriminated against at work, with only 11 percent saying they’d experience inequality in their current jobs.

In general, says Dr. Sanja Licina, senior director of talent intelligence and consulting at CareerBuilder, “The U.S. workplace has experienced fundamental shifts over the last two decades that have had a major impact on business, including economic downturns, the introduction of new technology and the strengthening of laws designed to promote equality. While companies have made strides in creating an inclusive workplace for all workers, there is still work to be done, especially in the areas of hiring, compensation, and career advancement.”


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