Essay about Striving For Equality

790 Words Sep 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Striving for Equality
Today’s society is changing in so many ways it is almost impossible to keep up. It is the expectation that the general population be accepting of these changes regardless of personal opinion or belief. While this is not always the case, it is, however, a requirement of people in management and power to be accepting of differences unless they want to be subjected to punishment. Punishment can include termination and possible lawsuit. Despite this fact, discrimination still occurs in our workforce today.
Discrimination is defined as “the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people” (Merriam-Webster). In 1964, Congress passed a civil rights act that prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. President Kennedy and President Johnson also enacted affirmative action which was established to ensure that employees are treated fairly during employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin (NARA). Congress has taken many strides to decrease discrimination, but this has not completely eliminated the issue. One study shows that African Americans and Hispanics are less likely than whites to receive an interview or job offer and remain in the lower rungs of occupational ladder (Hirsch, 2010, p. 269). Despite these facts, recent studies show that the United States workforce is becoming diverse. A 2012 study showed people…

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