In 1964, following a 250,000-person march on Washington DC led by Martin Luther King Jr. and other black leaders, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. Among the many sections of the act was one that created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC aims to prevent discrimination in the workplace and is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, genetic information and a person’s national origin.
According to EEOC’s own statistics, individual indictments have been steadily declining since 2016, which is certainly encouraging news. Yet workplace discrimination remains a widespread issue that has made its way into art and popular culture. A number of movies and television shows over the past few decades have depicted various kinds of workplace harassment and discrimination.
Pyn looked at the history of movies and TV shows that portray and explore discrimination in the workplace, whether based on race, gender, class or ability. To qualify for this list, the movie or show had to have at least a 6.5 on IMDb or at least a Metascore of 65. Entertaining, enlightening, thought-provoking, and often disappointing, these on-screen stories remind us of the many forms of discrimination at work. can take. They also remind us of how far we have come and how much we still have to do.