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Workplace Racial Composition

. Traces of beliefs and customs, coupled with European norms, and family values that were present under slavery, have all resulted in the defining of gender roles in the workplace. Such mixtures have been further strengthened by the heritage of indigenous American Indian populations and the impacts of immigrants from the Middle East and Asia. During slavery, certain roles and job responsibilities were available to either gender on plantations, whereas tasks were sex-specific. Adults of both sexes worked hard in field groups on sugar plantations, in their masters’ houses as domestic slaves and petty traders. This practice disadvantaged Caribbean women since only male slaves were allowed to hold elite, and skilled-based job positions as field commanders and artisans. On the other hand, slave women only served as domestic workers, hucksters, petty traders, and unskilled employees. Although slavery ended more than a century ago, this practice of assigning Caribbean workers unskilled jobs still persists in the American system.

Blank (2013) observes that white men in some cases often sue female black Caribbean employees as their sexual concubines, a practice that had its historical roots in slavery, where white men used to sexually harass black women. Although they married white women, they continued to engage in extra-marital sexual harassments with their Caribbean employees. In the same way, pregnancy in the workplace is still discouraged by many companies