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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Discrimination in the Workplace

discrimination in the workplaceDiscrimination in the workplace is a persistent issue. Unfortunately, it still affects many employees today. Most people have a general idea of what workplace discrimination is. However, there’s still a lot they probably didn’t know about discrimination in the workplace.

Whether it’s based on race, gender, age, or other individual characteristics, employers must prevent and avoid discriminatory practices. Employment laws offer a wide range of protections against discrimination, but many people are not fully informed about these laws.

Here are five things you may not have known about discrimination in the workplace.

1. Discrimination Isn’t Always Obvious

Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms, some of which may not be obvious at first sight. For instance, you may not be promoted or assigned to a more challenging task because of your background or personal traits.

Or, perhaps you notice that your colleagues receive more favorable treatment than you in terms of access to resources or opportunities. These are more subtle forms of workplace discrimination that can be harder to detect but can still lead to detrimental effects.

2. Discrimination Can Be Direct or Indirect

Direct discrimination involves explicit and intentional discrimination against someone based on their characteristics, while indirect discrimination is likely to lead to the same outcome but is based on policies, requirements, or standards that are not relevant to work performance and create a disadvantage for certain individuals.

For example, a company that imposes a specific hairstyle policy that only allows staff members with straight hair. This inadvertently discriminates against those with curly hair even though curly hair is not mentioned in the policy.

3. You Can Still Face Discrimination Even If You Belong to the Majority Group

Discrimination can happen to anyone, regardless of their circumstances or background. While commonly thought to happen to minority groups, members of the majority group can also experience workplace discrimination.

For example, employees who are not fluent in the local language may face discrimination. This is true even though they are not considered to be part of a minority group within the workplace.

4. Companies Can Face Severe Consequences for Discriminatory Behavior

Employers have the responsibility to provide an inclusive environment free from any form of discrimination. When companies do engage in discriminatory behavior, they can face dire consequences. This includes fines, sanctions, and even legal action.

Additionally, the company’s reputation is negatively affected when they’re accused of discrimination. This can lead to the loss of customers and profitability.

5. You Can Report Discrimination

If you believe you are experiencing discrimination in the workplace, it is important to speak up and report the behavior. There are several channels available for you to do so, such as human resources departments or legal services.

In addition, employment laws provide many protections against discrimination, and resolute legal action can be taken against employers who have engaged in discriminatory practices.

Contact an Experienced Employment Lawyer

Discrimination in the workplace is a serious issue that should not be taken lightly. Understanding the various nuances involved in workplace discrimination can help in identifying and reporting it.

For more information or to speak to someone about your rights in the workplace, contact Borrelli & Associates, P.L.L.C.


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