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Workplaces may be getting more inclusive, but Latino professionals still have challenges

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As a multifaceted Latina who was raised by a single mother with limited access to educational and financial resources, I understand all too well the hurdles we face in the workplace. Early in my career I often wondered how I could bring my most authentic self to work—with big curly hair, caramel skin, and a New York accent. Many of us have an inner dialogue that comes from our rich heritage that we dial back so as to be seen more like others. Now, as a channel sales manager and global cochair of LinkedIn’s Hispanic Employee Resource Group, I aim to create spaces where Latinos don’t have to question whether or not they can be authentic at work the way that I did. The answer, for them, is always a resounding ‘yes.’

Despite the advances many workplaces have made to create inclusive workplaces through employee resource groups and bilingual resources, Latinos still continue to face unique barriers and challenges in the workplace. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting recession, many of these barriers have been further exasperated. Not only have about half (52%) of Latino adults in the U.S. shared that a family member or close friend has been hospitalized or died from COVID-19, but we also saw Latino employees face significant job loss which accounts for 23% of the initial job loss due to the pandemic. The professional and........

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