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Workplace racial discrimination and the professionals at the center of corporate hierarchies

Law & Economics: Toward Social Justice

ISBN: 978-1-84855-334-7, eISBN: 978-1-84855-335-4

ISSN: 0193-5895

Publication date: 19 May 2009

Abstract

In this chapter, I explore the economic and socioeconomic reality of African American low and mid-level corporate managers in order to capture a more complete picture of the costs of discrimination in the corporate workplace. I also explore the heuristic assumptions that are made about African American professionals and the effects those assumptions have on the black community. Finally, to understand the gravity of the harm to individuals, their families and the communities to which they belong, narratives about the economic and psychological harm caused by discrimination are essential. I offer the narratives of six middle managers and low-level professionals who faced discrimination in the corporate workplace to provide an important context about discrimination's real costs.

Citation

Wade, C.L. (2009), "Workplace racial discrimination and the professionals at the center of corporate hierarchies", Gold, D.L. (Ed.) Law & Economics: Toward Social Justice (Research in Law and Economics, Vol. 24), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 271-306. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0193-5895(2009)0000024014

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