GoFundMe page

People of Color Are Less Likely to Receive a Raise at Work When They Ask

The fact that people of color are paid less than white people is well-documented. But new research suggests that simply speaking up will not solve the problem.


According to an analysis from PayScale, people of color are less likely than white people to receive a raise when they ask for one. To be exact, women of color are 19 percent less likely to receive a raise than white men. The problem is even worse for men of color, who find themselves 25 percent less likely to be awarded a raise.

Ruchika Tulshyan, author of “The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In The Workplace,” said of the results: “Negotiation is a remedy that has worked for white men to raise their salaries, but it is not one that is universally applicable, particularly when bias is at play.”

The most common answer that people get when they are denied a raise is “budgetary constraints”; however, less than 1 in 4 workers believe that. Lydia Frank, vice president of content strategy at PayScale, said, “Everyone’s asking, but they’re getting different answers, I think with the current climate in this country and the systemic racism that we’ve seen in other areas, I don’t think it’s terribly surprising.”

Why ask for a raise if the odds are stacked against you You have a 7 in 10 chance of coming out of that meeting with more money in your paycheck. It may just be less than you were banking on. But if you are a woman, regardless of ethnicity, you are most likely going to get paid less than a man.

For most executives it is unconscious bias. Frank went on to say: “Humans take shortcuts without even realizing it. There are things that happen in their brain — ‘Hey I’ve seen somebody like this before and this is what I associate with somebody like this’ — there may be things happening there without you even being fully aware of it that you’re making a judgment about somebody.”

According to NBC, at this rate Black women will have to wait 106 years before their wages catch up to those of white men. Hispanic people will have to wait until 2248 for equal wages and white women, who are in comparatively good shape, will have to wait until 2056.

Latest News

Black run small business

One Expert’s Advice on How To Keep Supplier Diversity Programs From Failing Black-Owned Businesses

Despite a flood of promises to support Black business owners over the past year, many corporations are failing in their efforts to support social justice reform and improved diversity and inclusion programs. In fact, according to Denise Hamilton, an Inclusion strategist, keynote speaker, and the founder of Watch Her Work,…

Colorado judge resigns

Colorado Judge Who Used ‘N-Word,’ Proclaimed ‘All Lives Matter’ While in Court Censured and Forced to Resign

Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, Colorado District Judge Natalie T. Chase reportedly asked two Black court employees to “explain” the Black Lives Matter Movement to her. She did this while cloaked and seated at her bench in the court. Upon hearing the explanation, she maintained that, in…

Princeton University

Princeton University Lands $20 Million Gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies Dedicated Towards Ongoing Diversity Efforts

Nestled quietly in the lush green farmland of central New Jersey, Princeton University is one of the smaller and more modest Ivy League schools in the country. But thanks to a new $20 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the school could also soon become a leader in the world of…

George Floyd Murder Trial

Nation Awaits Verdict in George Floyd Murder Trial, Americans Remain on Edge — and President Biden Prepares for Serious Potential Turmoil

After three weeks of riveting and emotionally draining testimony, attorneys for the defense and prosecution came to a rest on Monday, April 19, passing the fate of Derek Chauvin — the former Minneapolis police officer accused of the slow and painful murder of George Floyd — to the trial’s jury….

Flagship University The University of Maryland

Enrollment of Students of Color at Flagship Universities Continues to Decline

Many state’s “flagship” universities say diversity is a leading focus and priority when it comes to admissions, but a new look at data from these schools shows the reality: enrollment of students of color continues to lag. Flagship universities, such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the…

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Arizona Conservatives Attempt to Roll Back LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum in Schools

Republican lawmakers in Arizona have approved new laws revamping LGBTQ-inclusive education in schools, making it harder for educators to teach about historical events such as the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City that started the gay rights movement, discussions about sexual orientation or instruction of anything related to LGBTQ…

Black Lives Matter Protest

Florida Passes Controversial ‘Anti-Protest’ Bill Designed to Weaken Black Lives Matter and Other Social Justice Movements 

In a play designed to make it harder for social justice advocates to gather and promote change, the Florida Senate has passed a controversial so-called “anti-riot” bill inspired by the recent increase in protests by groups such as Black Lives Matter. Dartunorro Clark of NBC News has reported that “the…