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December 15, 2003

Racism in Temp Agencies

Just to emphasize what should be accepted, but continues to be disputed by those who oppose affirmative action and hiring goals, racism in the workplace is persistent and overwhelming. Just check out this new study by the Impact Fund. A summary from BNA Labor Report (no link):

The study that sent specially trained pairs of black and white job applicants to temporary employment agencies in Los Angeles and San Francisco found a "significant preference" for white applicants over slightly higher qualified African Americans...

The agencies favored white applicants by a ratio of 4-to-1 in Los Angeles and more than 2-to-1 in San Francisco.

As examples, it said a white applicant was granted an interview, while the black counterpart was not; a white applicant was offered a job with a higher salary or for a higher duration; and a white applicant was the only one to be offered coaching or suggestions for resume improvement.

Posted by Nathan at December 15, 2003 09:52 AM