Another way to help the situation is to not automatically first terminate Black employees when lay offs occur. You hear it all the time, that COVID unemployment has disproportionately affected African-Americans at a much hire rate than whites. Even though we know this is the case more often than not, nothing is ever done to address the problem or prevent it from happening. When COVID layoffs hit the firm I used to work at my department’s director immediately let go all of the Black women on his team. Not one white staff member was laid off. This director just added to the unemployment and uninsured numbers for African-Americans in one fell swoop, without any consequences.
Alejandro Diaz writes about culture, politics, and the workplace. His new business, D & E Management Solutions, Embraces Humanity at work https://dandems.com