Why ending hair discrimination should be an essential part of companies’ DEI efforts

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"According to a study by the Gallup Center on Black Voices, one in four Black workers in the U.S. reported being discriminated against at work last year and, with offices reopening, 97% of Black employees are concerned about returning to work environments where microaggressions are commonplace.”

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“According to a study by the Gallup Center on Black Voices, one in four Black workers in the U.S. reported being discriminated against at work last year and, with offices reopening, 97% of Black employees are concerned about returning to work environments where microaggressions are commonplace.” 

People face discrimination for a myriad of reasons spanning from skin color to hair type to fashion choices. For a company to be truly inclusive and reap the benefits of a diverse workforce, it must protect its employees against all forms of discrimination and microaggressions. However, many companies may be unconsciously feeding a culture of discrimination through their policies. 

“Companies should work to ensure that racial equity, real diversity, and true inclusion are embedded in how their corporate mission operates.” Adjoa Asamoah, the leading impact strategist for the CROWN Act, implores companies to “Make sure that you have policies in place to prevent racial discrimination. Revisit grooming policies and dress codes to confirm that they are actually inclusive.”

Creating an inclusive corporate culture that protects against discrimination and microaggressions is not an easy task. At ideascape we help our members review and revise internal policies to create a comprehensive, integrated, and sustainable DEI strategy. Contact Jonathan Dyke and Deon Gaines to learn more.

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