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 —