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Hispanic, Black And Asian Employees Paid Less By Tech Industry

 

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Silicon Valley has a well-publicized diversity problem. But a new study says that when minorities are hired at tech companies, they’re paid less than whites for doing the same job. The research, conducted by the American Institute for Economic Research, assessed the most influential technology companies and examined their workforces, taking into account race, education, occupation, age, geography, gender and citizenship status.

On average, Hispanic employees bring home $16,353 less every year than non-Hispanic colleagues, Asians earn $8,146 less than whites, and blacks earn $3,656 less than whites, the study found.

“What this tells us is that race and ethnicity matter, and they matter a lot,” Nicole Kreisberg, the senior research analyst on the project, told USA Today. “Simply increasing diversity is not enough. We also have to talk about money.”

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Young Latino Designer Using His Background To Create His Designs

Shayne Shayne Salinas' kooTH jackets are waterproof and have pencil holders sewn in, something that growing up on a ranch taught Salinas was important.  Photo Courtesy @Koothbrand via Instagram

kooTH jackets are waterproof and have pencil holders sewn in, something that growing up on a ranch taught Salinas was important.. Photo Courtesy @Koothbrand via Instagram

 

Growing up on a ranch in South Texas inspired designer Shayne Salinas to draw on the durable and functional workwear of his childhood to create kooTH, his latest clothing line.

“I package every order individually, including a personalized thank you note,” says Shayne Salinas, an up and coming Houston Fashion Designer and CEO of his own clothing line, kooTH Brand.

After completing high school, Salinas moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer. He studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing in L.A. and launched his first business there.  He specialized in street wear, before moving the company to Las Vegas.

Salinas closed his business in Las Vegas to finally embark on his dream of …

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Is Speaking Spanish on the Job Okay?

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According to the Pew Hispanic Research Center, 88% the nations second generation Latinas and Latinos, are bilingual.  We are the sons and daughters of immigrants and grew up hearing both English and Spanish and speak both fluently.  It is easy for us to switch between our two languages and some of us find it hard not to use Spanish if we are speaking with friends and family.

So what about speaking Spanish in the workplace?  Is that okay to do or does it create a level of mistrust or even disrespect among your non-Spanish speaking co-workers? The answer is maybe.

There are some states that have gone to the extreme and tried to ban foreign languages from being used in public work sites and those laws have been largely overruled in the courts as discriminatory.  Your employer can however legally ask you to use English …

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