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Six Things You Should Never Say to South Asian Americans

Eight countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka — make up South Asia. Nearly 5.4 million South Asians live in the U.S., according to South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). Despite South Asians coming from a vast variety of backgrounds, cultures and lived experiences, they often…

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Six Things NEVER to Say to Working Mothers

Working mothers make up a significant portion of the American workforce. According to the U.S. Census, nearly one-third of employed women have children under the age of 18 at home. That’s more than 23.5 million working women nationwide. For these women — who already face the challenge of parenting, providing…

9 Things to NEVER Say to Veterans

Originally published on July 7, 2016. Joining the Army after college was a no-brainer for military veteran Ryan Kules. The Arizona native always knew he wanted to serve his country, and in 2002, he got his chance. In February 2005, he was deployed to Iraq. Nine months later, Kules wound…

10 Things NEVER to Say to a Black Coworker

“Fried chicken, anyone?” “You speak really well.” “Is that your real hair?” You’d think the taboo subjects and phrases would be clearly outlined and understood by all when it comes to what is and is not acceptable to say to a Black colleague. But that’s far from the case. Here…

3 Things NEVER to Say to Older Coworkers

I’ll be the first to admit: I’m not always the most sensitive when it comes to older colleagues. I’ve been known to deem certain terms archaic or walk up to the COO of the company and ask “How’s it hanging” I even told one of my coworkers I was too…

9 Things NEVER to Say to White Colleagues

Frank McCloskey’s wife of 31 years, Debbie, talked about her husband with her new coworkers, telling them about his job as vice president of diversity for Georgia Power. During lunch one day, Debbie, who is white, had just finished telling a story about Frank’s diversity efforts when a colleague of…

3 Things NEVER to Say to a Foreign-Born Colleague

Since 1 in 7 employees in the United States is foreign born, according to the Congressional Budget Office, you’re likely to work with someone whose origins are from another country (if you aren’t already). But that healthy workplace relationship can quickly turn sour because of a seemingly innocent remark or…

4 Things NEVER to Say to Someone Who Just Lost a Job

An estimated 9.4 percent of the working population are unemployed, many of whom are victims of the current recession. Whether it’s because of a corporate restructuring or an outright firing, being let go is always a psychological blow. Click here to read DiversityInc’s “Things Not to Say” series. But for…