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Employer Actions Considered as Disparate Impact at Work

By Edited Jun 25, 2014 0 0

Employers will do anything and everything for the sake of the success of their companies. They hire talented and skilled individuals, conduct research on their respective fields, and generate plans toward their companies' development. However, in a few occasions, employers may unintentionally discriminate against the employees. When do these situations happen?

There are a number of circumstances where an employer may be unintentionally discriminating against his employees. This is also called a disparate impact. The following are some actions that can be considered disparate impact:

  • Imposing strict rules, procedures and policies – When an employer strictly imposes regulations, his employees might find it difficult to follow them. This often occurs if the employer was not able to discuss the policy or regulation in detail.
  • Requiring employees to speak just one language in the workplace – If the employee is not a native of the US, he might find speaking in English difficult, creating a hostile environment.
  • Not having different management styles that cater to different situations – Becoming flexible is one characteristic that an employer should have. He should be able to deal with different situations effectively to prevent conflicts at work.
  • Expecting every employee to speak up in meetings – When an employer or supervisor sets an emergency meeting, some employees may not be able to share their thoughts.
  • Promote people who excel in interpersonal relations – When an employee who has good interpersonal skills is promoted, other employees might feel that they are not noticed in the company.
  • Obliging everyone to behave in a particular way within the company premises – Every person has his own type of behavior and attitude towards work. If the employer prohibits him to behave in such a way, he might not be able to work properly.

If you look at these situations, they seem harmless to most employees. But if you think of it, some of them often cause hostility at work. If you are an employer and you do not want to unintentionally discriminate against your employees, beware of the actions given above.

As an employer, you have the right to impose policies and rules at work. On the other hand, you also have the responsibility to prevent discriminatory practices and hostile working environments. And now that you are aware of them, you should take the initiative to make things right for your employees. If you need help, just seek legal advice from a Los Angeles employment lawyer.



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