By Richard Hack
Discrimination runs rampant in U.S. corporations and no amount of corporate policy seems to be having the slightest impact in slowing it down. According to the Center for Public Integrity, 93 percent of the one million cased filed for discrimination in the workplace against major U.S. major companies were dismissed from 2000-2018.
Equally as startling is that 82 percent of workers did not receive monetary or any other form of relief after blowing the whistle on improper and often illegal behavior by executives in the workforce. In as little as two percent of the cases, the claimant actually won the case, and still received nothing as a result.
Sexual and racial discrimination were the most likely forms to be labeled offensive enough to bring to the attention of corporate officials, followed by age discrimination, disability discrimination, pregnancy, religious discrimination, and retaliation for speaking out against company policy.
The main reason cited for the low conviction rate is the lack of resources at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission whose budget has been cut under the Trump administration. Contrary to popular belief, the number of discrimination lawsuits has remained relatively stable for the past 20 years despite an increasing effort to laws and company efforts to equalize the workplace and make it worker-friendly.