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Minority workers still facing discrimination in STEM fields

There are over 17 million workers employed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations, with jobs quadrupling since 1990. STEM jobs offer higher pay, about two thirds more than non-STEM jobs. The racial and gender earning gaps are narrower in STEM occupations.

Historically white and Asian males dominate STEM occupations. Underrepresented demographics included blacks, Hispanics and women. In addition to underrepresentation, minority workers consistently report gender and race discrimination in STEM fields.

Racial slights and gender snubs

The Pew Research Center identified eight areas of race and gender based discrimination in the workplace. Instances of discrimination included passing a minority worker over for a job, promotion or important assignment. Minority workers also reported being treated as if they were not competent.

Treatment as not competent was the largest concern for black and Hispanic workers. Women experienced more discrimination in job recruitment and promotions.

Protected classes

Both federal and New York law prohibit workplace discrimination based on race, national origin or gender. Federal discrimination laws apply to employers with 15 or more employees, but New York’s antidiscrimination laws apply to all employers with four or more employees. It does not matter if the employees are full or part time.

Recurring discrimination issues continue even after decades of attempts towards gender and racial diversity. Unfortunately, cases of both overt and subtle discrimination persist, making workplaces unpleasant for employees just trying to do their jobs. Workers of any race and gender identity have a right to discrimination free workplaces.

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