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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) hold a news conference before the final passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act at the U.S. Capitol November 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. The bill, which protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people from being fired because of their sexual orientation, is not expected to be taken up by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Twitter chat: How well are we protected from workplace discrimination?

It’s been more than half a century since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission first attempted to stamp out discrimination in U.S. workplace.

Yet new research from the UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center finds that despite some advances — such as equal pay laws or equal opportunity for disabled individuals — widespread discrimination continues to grip the workplace. In fact, of the 193 United Nations member states the Center surveyed for its latest research, 20 percent still don’t have protections in place to combat discrimination based on gender, age, race, religion or social class.

To discuss the findings from this latest study, as well as where we stand on workplace equality today, the PBS NewsHour was joined on Twitter by Jody Heymann (@wpolicycenter) founding director of UCLA’s WORLD Policy Analysis Center and dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Rachel Vogelstein (@CFR_WFP) director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Shelby Quast (@ShelbyRQuast), director of Equality Now’s Americas office.

A recap of the conversation appears below —

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