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Want that raise you asked for? It helps to be a white man


People of color are far less likely than white men to get a raise after asking for one, according to a new study from PayScale. A Washington Post article noted that women of color were 19 percent less likely to receive a raise than a white man, and that men of color were 25 percent less likely, the Corridor Business Journal reports. Valerie Wilson, director of the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, said the study challenges criticisms that people who don’t receive raises aren’t aggressive enough in negotiating a pay raise. Even so, asking for more money is still better than not asking, Bloomberg notes. Some 70 percent of workers who ask for a raise receive some pay increase, even if it’s not as much as they proposed. Note to employers: Researchers have also found that nearly 75 percent of employees who ask for a raise and are not given a reason for being denied or are given a reason they don’t believe say they’ll quit within six months.

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