Bias Climate Quiz

Find out which types of bias are showing up in your workplace and learn tips to avoid them.

The Center for WorkLife Law has been studying workplace bias for decades. We condensed data from hundreds of social science studies to create this quiz and corresponding resources for individuals and businesses.

About the Quiz

The Bias Climate Quiz was developed by the Professor Joan C. Williams at the Center for WorkLife Law, University of California–Hastings, and Professor Richard Lee of the University of Minnesota in conjunction with the Center’s Bias Interrupters initiative (with lots of help). The Quiz is based on decades of research on workplace bias (a partial bibliography of studies referenced is available).

Joan C. Williams condensed decades of social science research into four main patterns of bias: Prove-It-Again!, Tightrope, Parental Wall, and Tug of War. The Bias Climate Quiz is a fun, 5-minute quiz to help you understand the types of bias in your workplace. The Bias Climate Quiz (or BCQ) is based on science, but tailored for a popular audience.

Bias Interrupters is a project of WorkLife Law.


Workplace Experiences Survey

The Bias Climate Quiz is a brief, fun way to take a snapshot of your personal experiences at work. But we also have a more comprehensive, evidence-based survey for you to use with your entire company: the Workplace Experiences Survey.

The Workplace Experiences Survey is a tested, accurate and precise diagnostic tool that can identify all major patterns of racial and gender bias, where they are playing out in your workplace, and how they are affecting your employees.


This quiz has been developed by the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and Professor Richard Lee at the University of Minnesota, with tremendous help along the way, including:

  • Erika Hall, Assistant Professor of Organization & Management at Emory University Goizueta Business School, who first had the idea of developing a survey instrument based on the “four patterns” research;
  • Kathy Phillips, Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School, who worked with Erika and Joan and helped guide them throughout the process;
  • Su Li, former Director of Research of the Center for WorkLife Law, who helped further develop the quiz;
  • Robert Livingston, Lecturer of Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, whose expertise and guidance on the racial bias questions was crucial;
  • Greg Walton, Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, for allowing us to use and adapt his belonging questions

DISCLAIMER – Information & Materials Provided Are Not Legal Advice


The information and materials provided on this site, including but not limited to your BCQ results, should not be construed as conveying information about potential legal rights and/or claims, do not provide legal advice of any kind, and should not be relied upon or used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified attorney. Please consult a qualified attorney regarding any specific legal problem(s), potential claims, or matter(s) and any applicable statutes of limitation or deadlines that may apply.


Your BCQ results and any other information or materials presented on this website provide general information about workplace bias based on common patterns found in social science research, NOT the applicable laws and relevant legal standards pertaining to workplace bias-related claims.Your results should not be used, relied upon, or interpreted as conveying information about any potential legal rights or claims you may have pertaining to workplace issues.


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