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Survey: Nearly half of black youth face discrimination

Black youth in New York who are trying to find employment are likely to face discrimination. A new study shows that half of all black young people face job-related discrimination both in their work search as well as at their workplaces.

The GenForward survey was conducted by the University of Chicago's Black Youth Project in conjunction with The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. According to the poll, 48 percent of the black respondents ages 18 to 30 reported that they had been discriminated against while working or searching for work. Thirty-three percent of Latino and Asian respondents also reported discrimination, and 10 percent of white respondents reported they had experienced racism at work.

Fifty-four percent of the black respondents reported that they felt that being black made it more difficult to succeed economically. The Economic Policy Council reports that the wages of black men are 31 percent lower than their white male counterparts, and the wages of black women were 19 percent lower than their white female counterparts. Female respondents also reported gender discrimination in addition to racial discrimination. The poll was conducted of 1,851 adults between the ages of 18 and 30 drawn from the GenForward panel, which is a probability-based group that is deemed to be representative of the U.S. population.

Workplace dscrimination based on race is prohibited. When applicants or employees are discriminated against based on race or another protected status, they may be able to pursue their rights by filing a complaint with the EEOC or applicable state agency. Having the assistance of an attorney at this stage might be advisable.

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