Unfair discrimination in the workplace is a serious issue that can have a negative impact on employees and the organisation. As an employee, manager, or employer, it is important to understand how to recognise and address unfair discrimination.
- Understand the laws and regulations: Familiarise yourself with the laws and regulations related to discrimination, such as the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, the Age Discrimination Act 2004, etc. This will help you identify discrimination and take appropriate action.
- Know the signs of discrimination: Discrimination can take many forms, such as derogatory comments, harassment, unequal pay or treatment, or being passed over for promotions. It is important to be aware of these signs and to take them seriously.
- Encourage employees to report discrimination: Encourage employees to report any incidents of discrimination and provide multiple channels for them to do so, such as through HR or a designated employee or manager.
- Investigate all reports of discrimination: Take all reports of discrimination seriously and conduct a thorough investigation. Interview all parties involved, gather evidence and document the findings. Take appropriate action based on the results of the investigation.
- Implement diversity and inclusion training: Provide regular training on diversity and inclusion for all employees to help create a positive and inclusive work environment.
- Lead by example: As a manager or employer, your actions and behaviours set the tone for the rest of the organisation. Lead by example and demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in your own behaviour and decision-making.
- Create an inclusive environment: Encourage and support employee resource groups, celebrate diversity, and create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees.
- Monitor and review policies: Discrimination often happens because of policies that are not inclusive or fair. Employers should regularly monitor and review policies to ensure that they do not discriminate against any group of employees.
Unfair discrimination is not acceptable, and it’s important for employees, managers, and employers to take a proactive approach to addressing it. By following the steps outlined above, everyone can help to create a safe and inclusive work environment for all employees.