Residents of Michigan might want to know that discrimination in the workplace is often pervasive. The Hollywood Reporter recently published an article regarding how women and minority writers are often overlooked in discriminatory hiring practices.

Although advancements have been made, inclusion involving women and people of color in entertainment writing is still behind. The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) did report that parity could be seen in two years within the TV industry if gains continue.

Across cable and streaming platforms, women writers represent 44 percent of the writing jobs while in America they represent 51 percent of the population. Women and people of color have seen writing jobs increase by 5 percent in the last season.

On the other hand, people of color garnered 35 percent of the writing jobs; they actually account for 40 percent of the population. Movie production, unlike TV production, has had fewer victories when it comes to inclusivity. Women gained 4 percent of writing jobs to get to 27 percent of all film writing in the last year; people of color gained 2 percent of hires during the same period, getting to 20 percent of recent writer jobs, the WGAW reported.

The survey also found that Latinx, Black and Asian-American screenwriters were underrepresented; those of Middle Eastern, native American and indigenous backgrounds had almost no writing jobs. Securing jobs from studio executives is crucial to their future success.

Discrimination in the workplace was made illegal by the The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made it against the law to discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age. However, laws regarding the workplace and discrimination against employees still happens. The rights of employees must be protected; people who think that they have experienced workplace discrimination should consult with an knowledgeable attorney.