When Sharawn Tipton began her career, she beamed with optimism.
She had just graduated from California State University, East Bay in Hayward, Calif. As a young Black woman in corporate America, Tipton was determined to prove herself. She consistently performed well with her new company, persevering in challenging moments.
Tipton hoped that her employer would properly reward her. But that never happened.
“Rather than a spot bonus, salary increase … or a promotion, I was left with an empty cauldron of a ‘thank you’ for my hard work in the form of an employee recognition award,” she said.