Career Counseling: discrimination and racism at work

Minority workers regularly report feeling discriminated against at work and spending an extraordinary amount of daily energy fighting racist comments and marginalization at what is supposed to be a “professional and inclusive” work environment.  An article about a local company describes “predominantly white leadership struggling with issues of race and discrimination”, and a work environment where  “race is a constant issue, leaving the relatively few black employees often feeling marginalized and sometimes discriminated against’.

“… they were frequently the only black person in meetings and often felt their input was not valued when decisions were being made. And an overall lack of racial diversity, they said, meant it was not uncommon for negative stereotypes to creep into work discussions or marketing pitches involving black athletes, sometimes creating backlash outside the company.”