Sorry State of Diversity in Advertising Is Also a Culture Problem

Despite Temporary Hike in Minority Creatives After Recruiting Efforts, Agency Environments Seem to Be Turning New Hires Away

It’s 2011, and while many things have changed in the advertising industry, the sorry state of diversity hiring isn’t among them.

Despite some positive trends over the past year — general-market agencies are hiring more Hispanics (as they try to win more Hispanic business) — a number of watchdog groups and industry professionals still think the situation is far from good.

Though the most current figures aren’t yet available, the New York City Commission on Human Rights doesn’t seem to be satisfied with progress made since it intervened in 2006. And while holding companies say they’re making progress, the threat of a class-action lawsuit still looms.

Read the entire article at Ad Age.