How Technology Can Be Used to Fight Discrimination in the Workplace

0
93

techAccording to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, since 2010 it has received 99,947 charges of discrimination on employment. According to the stats, racial discrimination was the most with 35.4 percent (45,395) charges followed by sex, 28.5 percent (28,534;  age 23.5 percent (23,465);  disability 26 percent (25,742); national origin 11.8 percent (11,833); religion 42. percent (4,151); color 2.8 percent (2,832).

But technology is helping to fight discrimination, such as by using apps and other platforms. “Systematic and institutionalized discrimination is real. It’s definitely a challenge that both HR Tech Startups like Comparably and Hiretual are trying to solve with the help of talent and Human Resources,” says Ninh Tran, co-founder at Hiretual.com, a recruiting tool.

Such apps are helping to weed out discrimination. “Our platform, Comparably, helps to fight workplace discrimination by making the workplace more transparent. For example, it helps everyone, including minority groups, understand how much they should make based on their experience, location, company size, education and more.  In addition, company culture can be quantified using the same filters so that people can truly understand what it is like to work at a company from a more individualized perspective,” says Tal Siach, director of marketing at Comparably, which allows users to provide anonymous and comprehensive data on compensation and insights into work culture in their respective industry.  

The app helps in various ways, including salary negotiations. “Talking about compensation is still considered to be taboo in the U.S., but we believe that information related to compensation and company culture is an extremely important tool for employees and employers,” says Siach. “Comparably not only helps employees during negotiations, but it also helps employers become more knowledgeable with regards to what they should be paying for specific job titles.”

According to Siach, the app can help level the playing field. “We believe we can make work better, by making compensation and culture data transparent. Employees should know how much they should make, and they should also be able to gain insight into the working environment of potential future employers,” says Siach.

By helping build awareness about workplace transparency, Comparably is combating workplace discrimination. Its comprehensive set of data is broken down by gender, ethnicity, education, location, and a variety of other variables.

While Comparably makes the workplace more transparent, Hiretual looks to increase diversity in the workplace. “Hiretual helps recruiters with diversity finder. Diversity finder allows talent acquisition professionals like talent sourcers and recruiters to increase the diversity in the talent pool they present to hiring managers for consideration to hire,” explains Tan. “Hiretual helps recruiters increase the diversity by allowing wider, deeper, and more accurate search for diversity candidates and in doing so increases the chances for diverse talent to land a job.”