How Unconscious Bias Can Control Where We Live and Work


Next City

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Fair Housing Act in late June was seen by many as an acknowledgement of how racial discrimination continues to affect real estate — whether intentional or not. And from why police make arrests to how bosses review employees, unconscious (or implicit) bias has a widespread effect on minorities and women. As a result, it is much more difficult to insulate against — and educate about — than overt racism and sexism.

I spoke with the primary author of the 2015 report, Cheryl Staats, about emerging research on implicit bias and how, specifically in the workplace, that plays into income inequality.

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