CareerBuilder surveyed more than 1,300 diverse workers to gauge how their work experience has evolved with their growing proportions in the U.S. workforce. The study focused on larger economies and workforces, targeting the top 20 markets in the U.S. by population. The results for six diverse segments - African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, women, workers with disabilities and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) workers – were compared to non-diverse workers, defined as Caucasian males who are not LGBT, and not disabled. The national survey was conducted from February 21 to March 10, 2011. The survey findings point to continued inequalities between diverse and non-diverse segments in pay, career advancement and feelings of discrimination.
From the Executive Summary
Certain diverse segments ranked the same or higher than non-diverse workers in compensation, reflecting a
movement toward better equality in the workplace.
LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender) workers were the most likely to earn six figures, slightly outpacing non-diverse workers. Women were the least likely to earn six figures.
Disabled workers were the most likely to earn less than $50k, while Asian workers were the least likely of all segments.
Non-diverse workers and LGBT workers were the most likely to hold management jobs while Hispanic workers were the most likely to hold entry level/administrative jobs.
African American workers are the most likely to report feeling discriminated against in their current jobs, while Asian workers were the least likely to feel discriminated against among all segments, including non-diverse workers.
Asian and African American workers are the most likely to change jobs when the economy improves.
More than half of non-diverse workers feel diverse workers have a better chance of landing new jobs; one-third of diverse workers agree