One in three Latinos faces discrimination at work

ANI | Updated: Nov 02, 2017 09:45 IST

One in three Latinos faces discrimination at work .

Washington D .C . [USA], Nov 2 (ANI): Corporate America is yet to adopt the concept of equal opportunity in its true sense as roughly a third of Latinos have reported being personally discriminated against in the workplace and when seeking housing .

This report is part of a series, titled 'Discrimination in America,' which is based on a survey conducted for National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard T .H . Chan School of Public Health . While many surveys have explored Americans' beliefs about discrimination, this survey asks people about their own personal experiences with discrimination .

Participants were not asked about their citizenship status . They were asked only whether they were born in the U .S ., Puerto Rico or in another country . This report refers to those born in the U .S . and Puerto Rico as non-immigrant Latinos, and to those born in another country as immigrant Latinos .

In the context of institutional forms of discrimination, more than three in ten Latinos reported having personally experienced discrimination because they are Latino when it comes to applying for jobs (33%), being paid equally or considered for promotion (32%) or when trying to rent a room or apartment or buy a house (31%) .

Additionally, 27% of Latinos said that they or a family member have been unfairly stopped or treated by the police because they are Latino, and 20% said they or a family member have been treated unfairly by the courts because they are Latino .

It also showed that Latinos with a college degree are more likely (42%) than Latinos with a high school degree or less (25%) to report unfair police stops or treatment .

"Currently, there has been little media attention on issues directly affecting Latinos' lives, particularly with regard to their jobs and housing . What is also lost is the considerable variation we see within the Latino community . For instance, Latinos with a college degree report more experiences of discrimination, including racial slurs and offensive comments and being unfairly treated by the police," said Robert Blendon, who co-directed the survey .

Additionally, non-immigrant Latinos are nearly twice as likely (36%) as immigrant Latinos (19%) to say they or a family member have been unfairly stopped or treated by the police because they are Latino .

In the context of individual or interpersonal forms of discrimination, one third or more of Latinos said that they have personally experienced people using racial or ethnic slurs against them (37%) or making insensitive or offensive comments about their race or ethnicity (33%) .

Additionally, one in five Latinos said that they or a family member have experienced violence (20%) or threats or non-sexual harassment (19%) because they are Latino .

In the context of healthcare, 20% of Latinos say they have been personally discriminated against because they are Latino when going to a doctor or health clinic (Chart 1) . Additionally, 17% of Latinos say they have avoided seeking medical care for themselves or a member of their family out of concern they would be discriminated against or treated poorly because they are Latino .

Overall, 78% of Latinos believed that discrimination against Latinos exists in America today . Nearly half (47%) of those said that discrimination based on individuals' prejudice is the larger problem, while 37% said discrimination based in laws and government policies is the larger problem . Another 14% said both forms of discrimination are equally a problem . (ANI)

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