In this world where power is considered essential to survive, people use all their options just to gain superiority over other people, especially in the workplace. Some individuals even take adverse and unlawful actions just to belittle and bully their colleagues. One of these actions is discrimination.
While discrimination in the workplace is prohibited by a number of federal and state laws, some people still continue to discriminate against other people. If you are an employer and you do not want discrimination to happen in your company, here are some queries you may have in mind:
- What types of discrimination are not allowed in the workplace? Discrimination based on race, gender, age, national origin, religion and disability are prohibited in companies and businesses.
- What are the consequences of workplace discrimination? If an employer has been found guilty of discriminating against an employee, he would pay compensatory damages to him.
- How do I know if an employee is protected from discrimination? If an employee is included in a protected class because of his characteristics, he should not be the object of discriminative actions.
- What can I do to warn my employees about discrimination? As the employer, you have to power to impose rules and regulations to prevent workplace discrimination. Anyone who would take discriminatory actions against other employees should be penalized.
- What are the federal anti-discrimination laws? These are just some of the anti-discrimination laws:
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
- Equal Pay Act (EPA)
- What types of companies and businesses are covered by anti-discrimination laws? Companies and businesses that have few employees may be exempted from most anti-discrimination laws. However, the EPA applies to all companies regardless of their size.
Preventing discrimination in the workplace is a difficult task because it requires your employees to change their perception of other people with regards to their appearance, social group, beliefs, and capabilities. In order for you to become successful in this endeavor, you should show them first how to do it. Here are some of the things you can do:
- Avoiding favoritism within the company.
- Assigning equal tasks to employees.
- Treating disabled employees properly.
- Providing valid reasons for an employee's promotion, salary increase, demotion, or termination.
If you follow these steps and constantly remind your employees to support your anti-discrimination campaign, all your efforts would eventually pay off. Just keep in mind that you are doing this not only for your employees' sake, but for your entire company as well.
This article is not meant to be interpreted as a legal advice. To know the available legal options regarding your case, consult an Employment Law Attorney for more information.