Bauer Business Focus

Racial Inequality In The Workplace

Guest: Professor Derek Avery

Right now, the world is having a conversation about racial inequality, including how business leaders and employers can confront bias and create a more fair environment for employees.

Professor Derek Avery with the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, gives us some insight.

“Following several high-profile killings of unarmed Black civilians by law enforcement and Black Americans bearing a disproportionate brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has seen a significant rise in the attention paid to racial disparities.”

“In the workplace, these unfair disparities stem from systemic anti-Black racism and are so ingrained that they even sometimes extend to employees who aren't Black themselves but have Black coworkers or subordinates.”

“This ‘Blackness-by-association’ can negatively impact performance appraisals, compensation, leadership assessments, and even customer patronage. Thus, anti-Black racism isn't just bad for Black people – it's bad for us all.”

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