Michigan companies that make an effort to diversity their recruitment still do not necessarily prevent discrimination from happening in the workplace. They also need to take steps to ensure that underrepresented employees have access to the same opportunities as all of their employees. A study of television writers found that the percentage who reported discrimination in 2019 was up to 68%. In 2018, 64% said they face discrimination on the job.
Some of the discrimination was overt. Nearly one-third of the underrepresented writers said they had been sexually harassed at work. Over half experienced other types of harassment. However, discrimination can often take subtle forms, and this was the case for the writers surveyed as well. For example, just over 39% of underrepresented writers said they had seen underrepresented characters stereotyped or erased. Many also reported being the only member of their underrepresented group in the writer’s room.
A lack of opportunities is a common problem for underrepresented groups in the workplace. Over half of staff writers of color said they had repeated the title one or more times instead of being promoted. Among all underrepresented writers, more than one-quarter said they had repeated other titles and 49.2% said they had been a staff writer more than once.
People who believe they are dealing with discrimination or harassment at work may want to consult an attorney. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to successfully take legal action against harassment and discrimination. First, the person must be part of a protected class based on factors such as race, disability, religion, national origin and more. Next, the court would need to agree that the actions constituted harassment or discrimination, which can be hard to prove in more subtle cases. An attorney may be able to advise employees regarding their rights and what steps to take at work.