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DIVERSITY

HOPE KUHL and HOLLY KUHL


BARB MALOM
Professional Profile: 10105115

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What is Diversity?
Diversity is the state of being diverse, or different. In todays world you need to
accept diversity and knowledge yourself about the topic. People should understand
that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences. There are
seven common types of discrimination for diversity, which include:

Race

Culture

Gender

Sexual Orientation

Age

Religious Belief

Physical Abilities
This report includes summarized information on each of those seven common
topics.

Race
Racial discrimination is any type of different treating of individuals due to the color
of their skin or their racial upbringing. Employers cannot use your race for any
hiring, firing, wage, or promotion choices that they might have. People should also
be weary of what they say to others in the workplace. They will want to avoid any
racial jokes, gestures, and offensive language. Those could be offensive to anyone
and is not taken lightly.

Culture
Culture means a lot to some individuals, its how they were raised and taught to
learn/understand things. Therefore, others should learn about other cultures then
their own and understand any gestures and/or a few words people in that culture
are familiar with. Pronouncing names correctly is key. No one wants to get their
name said incorrectly.
Individuals should learn what topics to avoid, and you should always avoid money
talk. People should also acknowledge special holidays and religion.

Gender
Gender discrimination has always been an issue in the workplace, or the world in
general. There used to be a large gap in the percentage difference between women
and mens wages but, it has gone down dramatically. In 2010 there was only a 20%
gap between the two, though that is still pretty high, that is an improvement from
before. In 2009 the median average salary for women was $36,278 while men
earned a median average salary of $47,127.
The National Center of Education Statistics reported that women work three years
longer as a teacher before advancing to a principal position than a man. That
means that usually men are offered more workplace advancement opportunities
then women are.

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Most say that any male or female can work any job and not be discriminated. The
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that men take over the blue-collar jobs while
women are more likely and more often to take over clerical and service positions.
Although, the U.S. Bureau implies that its eachs personal choice and preference.

Sexual Orientation
The topic of sexual orientation has become very popular in the past couple of years
and is what everyone is talking about. There are some interesting facts on this topic
and each person should learn about this topic to educate themselves more.
Individuals do not need to inform their employer of their sexual orientation, nor can
an employer ask for that information. There is not federal law protecting the rights
of LGBT in the U.S, along with no state-level protection in 29 of the 50 states, which
means you can be fired for being LGB. Plus, you can be fired for being transgender
in 33 of the 50 U.S. states because there is no state-level identification protection.

Age
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was set in 1967 and it protects
most individuals who are 40 years old and above from age discrimination. Its very
obvious that it is illegal for employers to base hiring, firing, promotion, or
compensation based on a persons age. There are employers out there who will
discriminate against age that is why you should not release your age until you are
hired.

Religious Beliefs
The United States has many different religions and due to that, employers have to
accept that and allow employees their right. Employers can grant a request to wear
religious clothing if it is against your religion not to, and if it doesnt break any of
the rules already set in place. Others can also not be asked to participate in
activities for the company that goes against their religious views or that would
make them uncomfortable to do so.
Christianity is the most popular religious group with a total of 2.1 billion people. Also
making it the most discriminated. Muslims make up the second biggest and most
discriminated, and Judaism is the third even though it only makes up 1% of the
population in the United States.

Physical Abilities
There are 36+ million Americans that have a disability that effects them in the
workforce in which they are protected by the Disability Act of 1990.
People with disabilities in the workplace dont want to be seen different than anyone
else. Therefore, you should not single them out or call them names. You should
avoid these terms; handicapped, crippled, lame, blind, mute, nuts, and/or crazy.

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Works Cited
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Resources: http://www.diversityresources.com/racial-diversity-in-theworkplace-training/