Latest Workplace diversity News

Federal holiday pressures companies to give Juneteenth off

Jun. 19, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The declaration of Juneteenth as a federal holiday is putting the pressure on more U.S. companies to give their employees the day off, accelerating a movement that took off last year in response to the racial justice protests that swept the country. ...

Latinas left workforce at highest rate, see slow recovery

Jun. 16, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Teresa Marez spent 14 years building a strong clientele base as a hair stylist in San Antonio. When her son, who is autistic, had to switch to virtual learning because of the pandemic, she quit her job to help him. It’s been 10 months, and the clients...

Study: Racial diversity stagnated on corporate boards

Jun. 08, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many U.S. companies have rushed to appoint Black members to their boards of directors since racial justice protests swept the country last year. But in the two preceding years, progress on increasing racial diversity on boards stagnated, a new study...

Family: Black students in Washington upset by school project

Jun. 02, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A family in Spokane, Washington, is demanding that a school administrator be removed after he suggested he could segregate two Black middle school students who were directed to clean freshly picked cotton as part of a classroom assignment, according to lawyers for the...

'Still on the farm': NY State Police struggles to diversify

Jun. 01, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An equal blend of black and white thread, the gray uniform worn by the New York State Police stands for the impartiality of justice. But this attire belies disparities within the agency, which for generations has failed to fill its ranks with troopers...

Freedom Project aims to teach young leaders in Mississippi

May. 30, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A summer program in Mississippi will teach middle school students about Freedom Summer of 1964, when civil rights workers came to the state to challenge segregation and register Black voters. The Meridian Freedom Project is sponsoring the program...

IndyCar courts Black fans, drivers in its push to diversify

May. 28, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rod Reid ran a program full of young, Black kart racers locked out of a venue because of the pandemic and needing a track to race. Indianapolis Motor Speedway had spent millions on upgrades on the historic property at the same time last year when...

As COVID increased evictions, Black renters’ lives upended

May. 23, 2021 03:22 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Every few days, Bathsheba Collingwood sprays her furniture and walls with bleach to scrub away new traces of the persistent mold she suspects caused her 3-year-old son’s asthma. The bathroom pipes have been leaking into her closet for months,...

Networks rely on reboots, franchises amid streaming's rise

May. 20, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

Everything old is new again on network television, and without apology. As the TV industry rushes into the future with streaming services, traditional broadcasters unveiled 2021-22 schedules that rely heavily on familiar series brands and reboots of decades-old shows. ...

Chicago mayor: Reporters of color get 2-year mark interviews

May. 19, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday that she will grant one-on-one interviews to mark the two-year anniversary of her inauguration solely to journalists of color, saying she has been struck by the “overwhelmingly" white press corps in Chicago. ...