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A Quarter in Survey Report Discrimination

July 8, 1990

NEW YORK (AP) _ A quarter of Americans say they have been discriminated against at work, but half didn’t do anything about it, a survey has found.

Of those who reported discrimination, about a third said it had to do with their sex and another third said it had to do with their race, religion or ethnic background. Most of the rest cited age or a handicap.

The national poll of a random sample of 803 adults was conducted by telephone June 12-16 for The National Law Journal and Lexis, a legal research service. The journal reported the results in its July 16 issue, released Sunday.

The survey had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus about 3 percentage points.

Nearly eight in 10 respondents said they believed at least some employers practice some form of discrimination in hiring or promotion, and 51 percent said all or most employers commit discrimination.

Of those who reported experiencing discrimination, 49 percent said they took no action, 28 percent complained to their employer, 14 percent quit and the rest complained to the authorities or sued, the Journal reported.

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