Welcome to Workplace Discrimination

Welcome to Workplace Discrimination!       In this blog, I will review mainly journal articles and sometimes news which focuses on racial discrimination in the workplace. These revisions will just be brief summaries of these academic articles. I will give the main findings of these academic articles and try to make it as easy as possible to understand. Therefore, it should be easier to understand how…

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Subtle Discrimination: A Vicious Cycle

  Have you ever faced people’s strange reactions to you because you are “different”? A pregnant job applicant notices a hiring manager avoids eye contact with her during her interview and wonders whether it is because of her growing baby bump. An overweight retail store associate is placed in the stockroom moving boxes and contemplates whether this…

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Racism and Tobacco/Alcohol Use

  Experiences of discrimination are associated with tobacco and alcohol use, and work is a common setting where individuals experience racial/ethnic discrimination. Few studies have evaluated the association between workplace discrimination and these behaviors, and none have described associations across race/ethnicity. Discrimination was more common among black non-Hispanic (21%), Hispanic (12%), and other race respondents…

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Asian Americans and Workplace Discrimination

  What are the feelings of being an Asian American? Good at math? Bruce Lee? Model immigrants? or Small eyes? Tiger mother? Speaking loud?     How do White evaluators think about Asian American candidates?   Lei and Babcock (2012) conduct two studies to investigate how White male and female evaluators perceive an Asian American…

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Are Upscale Restaurants Too Good for Minority Employees?

  Chinese restaurants have more Chinese waiters or waitresses; Mexican restaurants have more Hispanic waiters or waitresses; Japanese restaurants have more Japanese waiters or waitresses… Seems normal, right? What about those fancy, expensive, high-class restaurants? Do they have some unique racial composition feature?         Bendick Jr et al. (2009) tests White and…

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Race and Pathways to Power in the NFL

Are you a football fan? Have you ever noticed there is a racial difference between players and managers in NFL?    Although African Americans dominate the rosters of college and professional football teams as players, they remain grossly underrepresented in the management ranks. African American managers and executives tend to have relatively few opportunities to…

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Racism is like Second-hand Smoke

  Do you smoke? If yes, you’d better quit it. If no, congratulation! You can live at least 10 years longer than those smokers according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Really?     Even if you don’t smoke, you must have experienced in smoking second-hand smoke. Since 1964, approximately 2,500,000 nonsmokers have died from health…

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Physicians: Black or White?

  Let’s play a little game first. I will give you a word and you have three seconds to imagine a picture of this word.  “Physician” One Two Three Now, what image do you have in mind? Is he/she a man or a woman? A white or a black or other minorities? For me, when…

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Being Black = Higher Chance to Get a Heart Disease?

  “Hey, Frank, be sure to give me this report tomorrow!” “Are you busy now, Clara? Can you please help me to pick up my daughter after work?” “Alex is promoting again. Why this good thing never happens to me?”   “Kill me, Please…”   You must have encountered these kinds of situations at work….

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