How To Prevent Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination is being biased towards someone on the basis of height, hair color, gender, race and so on. To be considered good business, a workplace must be discrimination-free. Preventing discrimination in the workplace favors employees because it improves their morale. Before working on its prevention, let's first talk about the different forms of discrimination:

  1. Race, gender, pregnancy - It is illegal for an employer to discriminate an employee on this basis. It's discrimination if someone said that blacks are voracious eaters, a woman is not good in numbers, and pregnant women should not be asked to work overtime because she would just sleep due to her heaviness. To avoid a hostile working environment, there must be a seminar for both employers and employees so that such topics are avoided during conversations.
  2. Tribal origin, religion, disability - These are protected characteristics that employees or a group of employees must be suffering because of some intimidating treatments from co-workers. State and Federal Laws are issued to protect employees as well as employers from discriminatory acts.
  3. Age, marriage, weight - Many state laws also forbid prejudice on the basis of age. Although some of these laws essentially mirror the federal law and only protect people older than 40, other laws are broader and protect workers of all ages. Discrimination may be prevented in the workplace if the employees themselves are aware of a certain law. The federal law on Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits business owners from favoring applicants who are 40 years of age against a 50 year old applicant.
  4. Conduct harassment and sexual harassment - Harassment happens when a worker or group of workers must endure a workplace that is antagonistic, unpleasant or threatening to them because they have a shielded characteristic. It is a conduct harassment if the person is named names, ridiculed, addressed in a demeaning joke, or is impliedly and explicitly threatened. Sexual harassment is any uninvited sexual advances from the opposite sex.

Discrimination should be prevented especially in the workplace in order to have harmonious relationships on the job. There are different laws that prevent discrimination and all employees and employers in the workplace should study these laws.

  1. Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  2. The Equal Pay Act in Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws
  3. Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  4. Immigration Reform and Control Act
  5. Preventing Retaliation Claims by Employees
  6. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws
  7. Immigration Reform and Control Act
  8. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The above laws and acts have to be studied by both employees and employers in order to have fair practices in the workplace. The laws do not favor either the employers or the employees. Whether it is a state, federal or local law, offenders have to be investigated and applied due process. To find out which laws you must abide by, you need to verify three sets of laws: federal regulations, the decrees of the state in which you manage your business, and the directives of the city and region (called local laws) in which you operate your company.


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