Diversity in the Workplace

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Living in a country where it was founded by immigrants, diversity is everywhere you go especially in the workplace. There are many types of diversity; ethnicity, gender, religion and age just to name a few. Working in a diverse organization it can give you a taste of the real world, and what you will deal with wherever you go. There is so much diversity in the world today so it is a benefit to experience it in the workplace as well. You are given the chance to learn so many things from different cultures, why wouldn't you want to work in a diverse organization?

Ethnicity

America is known as the land of the free where every immigrant wants to come to make a life for themselves and their family. An ethnically diverse workplace is very common due to equal rights and minorities are now given the same chance as white people. Since this country is made up of many diverse communities, it is impossible to walk down the street without seeing someone that has a different ethnicity than yourself. In the workplace it is very common to have co-workers that are of a different ethnic background than yourself as well. I believe that it is a huge benefit to work with people from a different ethnic background. I have been able to open my eyes and relate with people that are not white. I have learned many things about people with different ethnic background, such as their morals, work ethics, and personalities. Some people are still close minded about the idea of working with a person of a different race; I believe that is ridicules considering the amount of people of different races in America today. Sooner or later you will have to work with people of different races, so why not make it sooner? ?Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, originally passed in 1964, outlines the groups employers are prohibited from discriminating against. The law includes race, gender, age, national origin and disability status among the underrepresented classifications -- but it does not include sexual orientation? (Velez, 2004).

Sexual Orientation

Should people with different sexual orientation be added into the Civil Rights Act? In today?s society individuals that are either gay or lesbian are looked down upon. They are only allowed to get married legally in some states, and I know many people that are in some way or another scared of these people. Gay?s or lesbian?s are ...

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...he chance to learn from people with different religious backgrounds. I tend to ask people about their own religion because I find it interesting to know what they value and what their religion is based on. I think that everyone should take a couple of theology classes for them to better understand why some people choose each religion. We just need to stay open minded about the subject and not look down on people that are not the same as you.

In conclusion, I feel very strongly about the stop to all forms of discrimination. I do not think that people should be judged on their ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or religion. Every person is different and that?s what makes this country so great, the diversity. By learning from different cultures at work or in your social life, it educates you on their morals, beliefs or why they do what they do. It will also make you a more round individual if you have experienced and interacted with people from different cultures.

Reference:

Velez, T. (2004, November). More businesses include sexuality, lifestyle differences in diversity hiring. Knight Rider Tribune Business News. Retrieved from Proquest database on August 13, 2005.

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