Discrimination against Hispanics in the United States
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This paper looks at the subject of discrimination in the United States against Hispanics, explaining that discrimination often undermines their attempts to find suitable jobs, receive appropriate payment, and buy homes. It includes information from studies that show that Hispanics are paid less than non-Hispanics, and that females bear the brunt of this discrimination. The paper concludes that in order to fix this problem, the United States must be willing not only to enforce anti-discrimination laws, but also to launch a widespread information campaign about just who Hispanics are.
From the Paper:''Hispanics have reported discrimination in the workplace in both the form of pay and treatment and advancement. In terms of pay, both Hispanic males and Hispanic females made significantly less per hour than white males and females in 1998. The average Hispanic man made only $11.25 per hours while white males made an average of $15.75 per hour. Female Hispanics made only $9.40 per hour on average, as compared to their white counterparts, who made $11.29 per hour (Alfonso, 2001, p.1). These numbers are disturbing for a variety of reasons. First, they suggest that white males earn significantly more than other demographics. While this could arise from the fact that white males are doing different kinds of jobs that pay more, even this rationalization suggests discrimination, as it causes one to wonder why women and Hispanics are not being hired for these higher paying jobs. In addition, these numbers suggest that female Hispanics earn far less money than either male or female whites. Alfonso (2001) argues that "there is a strong belief that Hispanic women suffer from employment discrimination and that they do not obtain the wages that they should according to their human capital" (p. 2-3). After conducting an analysis of this situation, and controlling for variables that might skew the results, Alfonso (2001) found that "discrimination accounts for an important portion of the wage differential between Hispanic females and White males and females" (p.17). Thus, Hispanics are paid less than non-Hispanics, and while this difference can be described by other variables, Alfonso (2001) found that discrimination plays an important role in this pay discrepancy. Furthermore, Alfonso's suggestion that females bear the brunt of this discrimination is evidence for the need of more specific study regarding Hispanic discrimination in the workplace. This issue is significant because it points to the fact that Hispanics are significantly impeded from succeeding or getting ahead because of discrimination in the United States. If they are unable to obtain similar rates of pay, then Hispanics are unfairly disadvantaged in this country.''
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