Employees Told A Diversity Consultant That Ageism Was A Bigger Problem Than Racism. The Consultant Said It Can’t Wait Until They Retire

Employees Told A Diversity Consultant That Ageism Was A Bigger Problem Than Racism. The Consultant Said It Can’t Wait Until They Retire


A wealthy, 1.5%-black town of 70,000 in Illinois shelled out $31,000 to a diversity consultant, which recommended more diversity initiatives even though its survey showed few employees perceived problems, and some thought there was already too much time spent on the topic.

The employees said they were more likely to face age discrimination than race discrimination. The consultant said it was a good thing that older employees would retire soon since they could be replaced with younger workers who were less likely to be racist. 

On September 9, the Village of Arlington Heights, Illinois, signed a contract with The Kaleidoscope Group, a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) firm. Five months later, the firm released 15 recommendations for the Village to create a more DEI-friendly workplace. 

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The first recommendation called on the Village to “develop and implement a strategy for more diverse and inclusive recruitment in order to improve diverse representation for the Village.” The consulting firm says the “benchmark goal” for “diverse

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