I agree with phil451 about most of what he says, but not the "enlightended" bit. As a headhunter who had 15 years hanging out in banks I think I have a broad enough view to speak with some authority here.A while back a manager made some comments about candidate which not only were "racially offensive" but implied they of a type of person so evil that right thinking men would band together and not only kill this candidate but destroy the house they lived in.He then asked me if I could persuade them to accept a big pile of cash to work for him, and in this context I mean "big" relative to normal banking money for that grade.He did not offer the money out of some dumb politically correcty fake "respect" for their culture, he did it to make himself richer and more powerful in his large bank (which still exists That illustrates the "hidden hand" of markets, people are often placed in a situation where they get a choice of indulging various "preferences" towards certain groups, or making more money.Most choose money.Money is honest, it does not care about your God, your age, which side of which war your dad was on, where you were born and who you slept with last night.,I've worked in a variety of contexts, and will share that banking is about the least bigoted of any line of work I've encontered. Not saying it makes it all the way to good, just that most everything else is worse.Look at the leadership of most left wing parties, count the coloured faces, you don't need to get past your fingers. There were more coloured people in the final Apartheid cabine in S.Africa than in the current Labour one.The only person I've even know for a fact to be sacked for being black was a civil servant.The media is nakedly racist and ageist, as are other lines of work where there is poor clarity of the quality of your work, and where social factors / opinion dominate.Express the wrong political viewpoint in many media firms and literally no one will speak to you, and I saw more sexual harassment in my mad year as journalist than ten times as long in banking.British Unions are fascist groups with good PR. I'm ethnically Irish, and its not that long ago that this would have meant that I could not have worked at many firms which had the "closed shop", which included a good % of newspaper jobs."No blacks or Irish" They are now campaiging against Italians being allowed to work in Britain (yes, it makes fascist tag quite ironic, doesn't it)Announce you are gay in many manufacturing firms and frankly you will not enjoy it.I joined the City at a time when the "Chaps" were about to be trashed big time. Entertainingly enough my accent (some compare it unfavourably to Hugh Grant), and ability to polish shoes to military standards made many think I was one of them.There is sexism, as a pimp I get to hear some pretty grim details, but again objectively as a pimp I will tell you that I can sell more easily a woman of a given quality than a man. The problem is that the number of good women is depressingly small, so small that I can't really say whether they are better or worse on average than men.