ERIC Number: ED480971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
A Workplace Divided: How Americans View Discrimination and Race on the Job. Work Trends: Americans' Attitudes about Work, Employers and Government.
Dixon, K. A.; Storen, Duke; Van Horn, Carl E.
U.S. workers' views on discrimination and race on the job were examined in a telephone survey of 1,470 adults across the 48 contiguous United States that yielded 1,005 complete interviews. White workers were far more likely than workers of other races to believe that everyone is treated fairly at work. Race was a more powerful indicator of opinion on workplace discrimination than income or education. Many U.S. workers worked in ethnically homogeneous environments. White workers were much less influenced by their company's diversity than nonwhite workers were. African-American workers were far more likely than white workers or workers of other races to support the idea of preferential treatment to address past discrimination. African-American workers were the least satisfied with how seriously their employer regards discrimination in the workplace. Workers employed at larger companies were more likely than those in smaller companies to say that their employer takes incidents of discrimination seriously and have a clearly defined discrimination policy. Support for laws mandating diversity in the workplace was far higher among nonwhites than among whites. Workers of all races believed that employers and workers, not government, are primarily responsible for addressing discrimination in the workplace. (Fourteen figures are included. A description of the study methodology and the survey instrument are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Comparable Worth, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Institutional), Employee Attitudes, Employment Level, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Labor Force, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Racial Differences, Racial Discrimination, Reverse Discrimination, Salary Wage Differentials, Telephone Surveys, Trend Analysis, Work Environment
For full text: http://www.heldrich.rutgers.edu/Resources/Publication/19/ Work Trends 020107.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. Center for Survey Research and Analysis.; Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.
Identifiers - Location: United States