Prejudice in Organization

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The problems faced by women and minorities create a serious malfunction in corporate operations. Minorities and women have yet to be accepted as full members of corporate formal and informal networks. Until they are, not only do they suffer but so does the corporation. The utilization of minorities and women in many, many cases toward corporate effectiveness and efficiency continues to be seriously hampered by behaviors in crucial interpersonal relationships that reflect racist and sexist attitudes.
- John Fernandez1
Although many would like to believe otherwise, prejudiced attitudes continue to present problems for millions of people in our society. Prejudices result in counter productive behavior such as demeaning humor, verbal abuse, harassment, violence, and more subtly (given comparable performance) lower pay, slower or non-existent promotions, systematic exclusion from various gatherings, greater scrutiny, higher standards, and awkward social encounters.
Many groups labor with these realities in the work place: women, racial minorities, older workers, foreign nationals, sexual preference, religious and ethnic groups, and the physically handicapped all feel the sting of social prejudice. Prejudice is a problem that touches all aspects of life, but it has only recently been addressed openly in the work place.
Prejudice lingers despite the fact that noticeable shifts in the composition of our work force have taken place. More and more women, blacks, and other minorities have entered and will continue to enter the work force. Members of these groups are becoming more and more numerous in visible roles in business organizations and more and more outspoken and insistent on fair and equitable treatment. This has caused tension in many organizations. Some white males, a group that has traditionally…...

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