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 2019 study of television writers found that 68% of them reported reported workplace discrimination in 2019. In 2018, 64% of television writers reported that 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, which was the case for many of the writers surveyed. 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.
People who believe they are dealing with discrimination or harassment at work may want to consult an attorney. An attorney may be able to advise employees regarding their rights and what steps to take at work.