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Black, Hispanic immigrants most likely to report discrimination

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2024 | Race And National Origin Discrimination

Workplace discrimination is an issue for many immigrants in the United States. However, discriminatory practices disproportionately affect Black and Hispanic immigrants. The problem persists despite legal protections prohibiting discrimination based on race or national origin.

Understanding the challenges faced by Black and Hispanic immigrants helps address systemic inequities. It also helps promote a fair and inclusive work environment.

Factors contributing to workplace discrimination

Several factors contribute to the heightened risk of discrimination faced by Black and Hispanic immigrants. Some include language barriers, cultural differences and stereotypes perpetuated by employers or coworkers. Immigrants from marginalized racial and ethnic groups may also face intersectional discrimination. This occurs when multiple forms of discrimination intersect.

Impacts on immigrant workers

Workplace discrimination has consequences for immigrants. It can affect their job satisfaction. It can also affect their mental health and economic well-being. Discriminatory practices can also limit opportunities for career advancement. They can also lead to workplace harassment or hostile environments. It can also contribute to feelings of marginalization and exclusion. Discrimination may also discourage immigrants from reporting mistreatment or seeking recourse. They may fail to do so due to fears of retaliation or deportation. This can further perpetuate systemic injustice.

Preventative measures

To combat workplace discrimination, employers must take proactive steps. This includes implementing anti-discrimination policies. It also includes providing diversity training.


KFF reports that 56% of Black and 55% of Hispanic immigrants say they face discrimination in the workplace. About 31% of white immigrants say the same. By addressing the root causes of discrimination, employers and policymakers can work toward ensuring equal opportunities for all workers.