Listen to a business management expert talking about the price that some companies have to pay when they fail to address diversity-related risks.

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Dear Mr Kirk,

I think there is a mistake in below sentence, EMPLOYERS should have been EMPLOYEES shouldn't it?

In 1998, companies in the United States had to pay out more than fifty­-five million dollars to EMPLOYERS who had filed age­-related discrimination complaints against their companies.

Hello Vienna2018

Yes, that makes much more sense in the context of this interview. I'm afraid I won't be able to fix this recording any time soon and I don't want to change the transcript to reflect something that isn't found in the recording, but we will fix this as soon as we can.

Thank you very much for taking the time to point out this error to us, and I'm sorry for any confusion it may have caused!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk
Thank for your answer yesterday.
Today, I would like asking about the paragraph:" when they fail to address diversity-related risks." --> What does that mean?
I'm a new comer in English. Trying to help me! Please
Thank you so much

Hello NinhVanDung,

'Fail to address' means to not deal with or react to.

'Diversity-related risks' means possible dangers related to the issue of diversity.

The whole clause thus means '...when they [companies] do not deal with the dangers related to the issue of diversity'. The text itself gives examples of what these risks are.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello British Council,
Hello Kirk,
Regarding the missing word in the last sentence in task2, I would like to know why the word 'adequately' that is adjacent to the word 'insurance' in paragraph can not be considered as correct answer.

Hello Pearl,

You could use the adjective 'adequate' with the word 'Insurance', but in that case it should be go before the word 'insurance' since adjectives generally go before nouns in English. 'adequately' isn't used in a way that would be natural in this sentence, though I expect most people would understand if you used it there.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

please help me answer Peter Yang's question because I do have the same question and wait for the answer. Many thanks!

Hello le hoang dong,

Yes, Peter was right - please see my reply to him below.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for your reply!

The reason behind your inability to understand is your inability to know that what you read was grammar. May not have happened in real life.