Working from home is more popular than ever, and for good reasons. After switching from office jobs to remote employment, workers in Hawaii often save on gas for commuting and enjoy greater flexibility in their workspaces. There are some downsides too, including surprisingly high rates of workplace discrimination.
Shocking survey results
The State of Workplace Discrimination 2021 report included a survey of full-time employees in the United States. Researchers surveyed workers across all different escorts and employment levels in an effort to understand their frustrations and experiences in the workplace. The results of the survey and additional research were dismal — approximately 80% of remote workers reported having experienced at least some type of discrimination when working from home. The report also found that:
- 55% were discriminated against at their most current place of employment
- 61% witnessed discrimination at some point in their career
- 54% who reported discrimination received a full resolution
- 90% prefer to report anonymously
Much of the information in this study was collected anonymously. This seems to support the conclusion that most people prefer to report discrimination that they have either witnessed or personally experienced in an anonymous manner. Unfortunately, it also highlights how far-reaching discrimination can be, even affecting those who work from home.
Workplace discrimination is never acceptable, regardless of whether someone works in an office or signs in from a computer at home. The impact of discrimination can follow someone for many years, too, sometimes even throughout the remainder of his or her career. This is why securing compensation for victims is often so important, and in Hawaii this is often accomplished via the careful actions of a workplace discrimination lawsuit.