Blacks remain underrepresented on Madison Avenue, according to the report, “Research Perspectives on Race and Employment in the Advertising Industry,” which concluded that only 5.3 percent of managers and professionals at agencies in 2008 were black.
And those blacks who do manage to land jobs on Madison Avenue are significantly underpaid, the report said, earning 80 cents for each dollar earned by their white counterparts.
Compared with the overall U.S. labor market, the advertising industry fares significantly worse on eight measures of employment for black managers and professionals — by an average of 36.7%.
Mehri wants to get the industry to make changes voluntarily, which he's had success doing elsewhere in the past. If not he will surely sue their asses.