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How Ethnic Can You Be At Work?

February 16, 2011 by  
Filed under black women, race, work

Marie Claire has an excellent article on women professionals navigating their ethnic or religious traditions within the work environment:

In the last decade, the number of minority women in mid- and senior-level managerial positions increased almost 50 percent, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. And despite working in offices that claim to embrace cultural diversity, many young professional women with overtly ethnic names or appearances face pressure, both tacit and explicit, to conform — more than their male counterparts, who don’t have to reconcile, say, saris or head coverings with a suit-and-tie office culture. “It doesn’t bother me on a personal level if someone dresses a certain way because of their cultural background,” says an IT services manager at a New Jersey — based consulting firm. “But corporate attire is corporate attire. So if a woman came in a sari to interview for a job that involved seeing clients, I would ask her about it: ‘Is this how you dress for your day-to-day work?'”

Read the full article here.

How do you navigate ethnic and religious traditions in the workplace?

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