Survey: 17% of Latvia's residents have faced workplace discrimination

According to study results published September 14 by Kantar and the Society Integration Foundation (SIF), 17% of workers in Latvia have experienced discrimination or unequal treatment at their workplace over the last year. 

The Kantar study, in cooperation with the Institute for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (InCSR), was conducted between February 22 and 24 2022, with 810 workers surveyed throughout Latvia.

The results show that relatively more young people (18-29 years) and people with moderately low personal income (€501-700) indicate that they have experienced discriminatory treatment in the working environment over the last year.

On the other hand, leaders of institutions or businesses, people with average family income (€700-1000), people with high (€1001 and more) personal income, as well as people working information and communication services sector, are relatively less likely to have experienced discrimination in the working environment over the last year.

As reasons for discriminatory treatment in the working environment, the respondents have indicated age (27%), state of health (including disability) (20%), race, nationality, ethnicity (16%), gender (15%).

Unfair performance assessment (44%) is the most commonly mentioned expression of discriminatory behavior in the working environment. These workers also often point out that a sense of insecurity in the working environment (30%), mental health problems (26%), limited growth opportunities (24%), and reduced self-esteem (23%) are the consequences of discriminatory behavior.

The results of the study also reveal what workers think about the effects of discrimination in the working environment on people who face it daily. In their view, discrimination in the working environment mainly gives people a sense of insecurity (51%), reduced self-assessment (39%) and unfair performance assessments (37%).

 

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