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Race discrimination remains issue in New York, elsewhere

A new research study indicates that Black instructors face outright discrimination and bias in the United States. This study has been published in Harvard Educational Review. If employees in New York or other states face race discrimination, they have the right to take legal action.

The recent study examined a particular public school district's hiring patterns and discovered that many more White instructors than Black instructors were hired. This occurred even when White teachers and Black teachers possessed equal qualifications. According to researchers, Black job applicants constituted 13 percent of all applicants, but their rate of hire was just 6 percent. Meanwhile, White teachers constituted 70 percent of all applicants and were hired at a 77 percent rate.

The author of the study said the research results indicate that racism is embedded deeply in the school setting. According to the author, race-based assumptions not only impact job applicants but also likely affect those who are already working in the system. The research also showed that Black instructors had a greater chance of being accepted for jobs at schools with higher numbers of minority students.

Race discrimination is illegal in New York and other parts of the country. However, it remains a real problem not only in public schools but also at private companies. Workers who are mistreated due to the color of their skin may choose to file discrimination claims against the companies that have reportedly allowed the discrimination to take place. Compensation for emotional harm -- for instance, the loss of the enjoyment of life -- may result from a successfully fought suit.

Source: thegrio.com, "Study: Racial discrimination still plays role in lack of black educators", April 14, 2017

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