Black Men in the Workplace Research Paper by Nicky

Black Men in the Workplace
A research paper on the experience of black male workers in the workforce.
# 146582 | 2,998 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jan 04, 2011 in African-American Studies (Racism) , Business (Human Resources)

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The paper explores the literature and statistics on complaints about work discrimination based on race, on the treatment of black job applicants and on the equality of raises and promotions in the workforce. The paper looks at the findings of these studies that all provide evidence that black male workers suffer from discrimination in getting hired and in obtaining raises and promotions on the basis of race. The paper concludes with recommendations for leaders and employers regarding employees of color.

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Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations

From the Paper:

"The authors discuss the findings of a Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality that Black workers are far likelier to complain about discrimination at work than white workers. Those who do also show statistical evidence of wage discrimination. The study also found little evidence to support the moral hazard argument. This argument held that employers tend to be reluctant to hire Black workers to avoid the risk of groundless lawsuits. Black workers filed discrimination complaints far more than whites and evidence bears statistically discernible racial discrimination behind these complaints. This is not the same with whites. These complainants were also subjected to wage discrimination, which was not done to white workers. And the moral effect argument states that employers are disinclined to hire Blacks so as to avoid possible lawsuits filed by them. Employers intend to avoid the legal hazard of being sued for a violation. This study did not support the argument."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Coleman, Major C.; Darity, William A.; and Sharpe, Rhonda V. Sharpe. Are Reports of Discrimination Valid? American Journal of Economics and Sociology: American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Inc., 2008. Retrieved on March 2, 2009 from;col1
  • Johnson-Elie, Tannette. Study Shows How Deeply Black Men Face Discrimination in Hiring. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: JSOnline, 2003. Retrieved on March 7, 2009 from
  • Levitan, Mark. A Crisis of Black Male Employment: Unemployment and Joblessness in New City. Community Service Society Annual Report. Community Service Society, 2004. Retrieved on March 2, 2009 from
  • Love, Alice Ann. Black Men Complain of Job Discrimination at Social Security. Topeka Capital Journal: Associated Press, 1999. Retrieved on March 2, 2009 from;col1
  • Porter, Brenda. Black Males Locked Out of Jobs: White Ex-Cons More Likely to Find Work than Black Counterparts. Black Enterprise: Earl G. Gravis Publishing Co., Inc., 2006. Retrieved on March 2, 2009 from;col1

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