June Employment Law Bulletin
Race and the Workplace
Black Lives Matter was formed in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The killing of George Floyd and others has resulted in Black Lives Matter becoming much greater than the issue of law enforcement and race – it’s resulted in a reckoning of racial disparities in several regards, such as income, education and healthcare. Statues are coming down; names of forts, buildings and highways will change; and employers in all sectors have pledged financial support to address racial inequalities. Yet, the greatest responsibility for addressing racial disparities will be for employers to assess their policies and practices. Illegal discrimination is hard to prove. Thus, the absence of proven discrimination does not necessarily mean the presence of equal opportunity.
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