WSJ: Generations experience workplace discrimination differently

Recent surveys indicate attitudes about appropriate workplace behavior are changing, particularly among younger workers, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The report examines the results of two surveys, the first of which finds workers ages 18 to 34 are more likely to report seeing or experiencing harassment or discrimination in the workplace. For example, half of workers between 18 and 34 years old said they had seen or been subject to racism at work. This is significantly more than workers over age 55, of whom only 33 percent reported seeing or experiencing racism. The survey was conducted by Glassdoor and Harris Poll of 1,100 employees.

The Wall Street Journal cited a second survey, conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, that found 37 percent of HR managers have been processing more discrimination and harassment complaints in the past two years.

Sources told The Wall Street Journal this uptick in complaints and observed harassment is likely due to changing attitudes among workers about what is appropriate and a greater willingness to report inappropriate behavior.

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