Race, Age, Gender Common Workplace Discim Complaints

November 7, 2008 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Just over a quarter of American adults say they have been discriminated in the workplace - most often in instances involving their race, age, and gender.

That was the key conclusion of a new survey by FindLaw.com, a legal information Web site.

According to a news release, of those who said they have experienced discrimination in the workplace, the most commonly cited types were:

  • Race, 39%
  • Age, 34%
  • Gender, 30%
  • Religion, 7%
  • Sexual orientation, 7%
  • Other, 26%

More specifically, the news release said, the poll found:

  • 42% of African Americans maintain they have experienced racial discrimination.
  • 10% of women claim gender discrimination
  • 15% of people age 45 and older claim they have experienced age discrimination, while 13% of people ages 18 to 24 say the same.
  • While racial discrimination was highest in the South, age, gender, and religious discrimination were most likely to occur in the Midwest.

The survey involved 1,000 American adults, the announcement said.