Monday, July 12, 2021
PHOTO BY ALEXANDRA RANGEL
A regional survey of Latinas in San Diego County’s workforce revealed the discrimination Latinas face in San Diego workplaces.
MANA De San Diego, a national Latina Organization, partnered with the Kim Center to launch the first-ever survey. The results were clear, said Inez Gonzalez Perezchica.
“San Diego employers need to improve their workplace environment, workplace policies and employee organizational support,” she said.
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Sixty-two women from educational and nonprofit careers were surveyed.
Here are some key findings:
— Nearly one-third of respondents say their voices are less likely to be heard due to pandemic work style adjustments.
— More than one-third of respondents said discrimination impacts their creativity at work and loyalty to organization.
— Two-thirds of respondents said they were unsuccessful when requesting a raise or promotion.
District 1 San Diego County Supervisor Nora Vargas said it’s in the best interest of employers to elevate the status of Latinas, as they make up one-third of all employed women in the county.
“As a Latina I have experienced firsthand some of the barriers we can face. The biggest challenges are the systemic and culture barriers that impede progress and career advancement,” Vargas said.