A study released in March drew on the experiences of 500 people who had faced workplace discrimination related to factors such as their age, gender, religion, race, sexual orientation, pregnancy or marital status. In some cases, the discrimination was subtle. The researchers identified a number of different ways that discrimination might manifest in workplaces in New York and throughout the country.
Some people felt pressure to hide aspects of themselves. As an example, researchers pointed to a gay woman who felt she could not talk about her wife at work. Some employees said they felt they were perceived as less competent because of their age, race, gender or other factors. In other cases, employees were criticized for qualities, such as aggression, that might have been praised in young white male employees.