Emotional Tax: How Black Women and Men Pay More at Work and How Leaders Can Take Action


Black women and men have high aspirations to be successful at work, and outworking and outperforming others is the norm for many. But what happens to the minds, bodies and spirits of Black employees when unrealistic expectations are too much to bear if, despite their hard work, they remain set apart and undervalued?

In this study of Black women and men employees, we found evidence of an "Emotional Tax" that is levied on Black women and men as they try to successfully navigate through their careers.


The study provides steps leaders can take to mitigate Emotional Tax and its effects on the careers of Black women and men.


Serena Fong

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