History of Diversity in the workplace
In the workplace in the United States, diversity was virtually non-existent for the first 150 years. It changed the workplace from a white male domain to better reflect a multicultural society after World War 1, the 1920s Jazz Age and the voice of minority workers.
In 1948, President Truman officially desegregated the armed forces with Executive Order 9981, which made discrimination based on “race, color, religion or natural origin” illegal for all members of the armed services.
According to Wikipedia, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark civil rights and labor law in the United States that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It prohibits the unequal application of voter registration requirements, and racial segregation in schools, employment, and public accommodations.
Black people were segregated to work in the service industry, such as servants, porters, and manual labor, according to early office museum.com. According to Experience by Simplicity, In the 1950s, more than 60% of the American workforce consisted of white males. These men were mainly the sole breadwinners in the household, expected to retire by age 65 and spend their retirement years in leisure activities. The American workforce is now a better reflection of the population with a mix of genders, races, religions, ages, and other background factors.
Diversity and Inclusion Training
Recently, Sephora closed its doors for an hour for Diversity and Inclusion Training. In April, the Black R&B star SZA said a Sephora employee called security to monitor her. SZA said she worked for Sephora before her break in the music industry. She was also in an advertisement for them as well. SZA claims that a Sephora employee in Calabasas, California had “called security to make sure I wasn’t stealing.” The news threatened to upset that carefully honed, diversity-focused image.
Every person of color has experienced a situation similar to this, no matter if they are rich, poor, or middle class. It’s that way of the world. It’s not just the white employees to follow you around the stores, its sometimes our own race. I have been in Sephora several times in Chicago, a few times in yoga pants, and they treated me fine.
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