By David Williams
After several generations of awareness and attention, you would think that discrimination in the workplace would go away. Not so. It’s still with us — and is likely to continue.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which has responsibility for enforcement of U.S. anti-discrimination laws, has processed between 80,000 and 100,000 complaints from workers in each of the past 10 years. While the spotlight is currently focusing on Hollywood, the problems highlighted in the news are, unfortunately, common. Victoria Lipnic, acting chair of the EEOC, stated in a recent interview, “We see this everywhere. This happens ... in workplaces all over the place. You look at the companies that, just last year, where the EEOC brought suits. It’s food processing plants, a correctional facility, a car dealership, restaurants, agriculture. It’s across industries.”