Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Intolerance Still Existing in the Workplace

There's No Shortage of Intolerance in the Workplace - New York Times

According to a recent New York Times article, there is no shortage of intolerance in the workplace...whether it's based on race, age, gender or sexual orientation.

In a phone survey of 623 employed Americans by Novations/J. Howard & Associates, a consulting firm near Boston, thirty percent of those surveyed said they overheard racial slurs last year. In addition, twenty percent reported ridicule of sexual orientation and twenty percent reported age bias.

Results varied depending on area. 24 percent of respondents from the South reported overhearing biased remarks about sexual orientation, while in the Northeast, the figure was only 14 percent.

Although strides have been made in creating tolerant workplaces, the results of the study reveal that organizations should not assume that intolerance no longer exists.

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