The Dilemma

When we ask our employees to voluntarily report their race, ethnicity, and gender, we will almost always end up with a small proportion of the population who choose not to provide such demographic information. There are any number of reasons for this. For a growing percentage of the population, the binary options of male or female do not resonate with them. And while the race categories now include “two or more,” there are many who do not feel comfortable indicating their race – whether it is out of fear or due to privacy concerns. Some employees will refuse to provide the information simply because they were given the opportunity to opt out.

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