A Collection of Tips and Resources on How to Avoid and Prevent Workplace Discrimination

Discrimination: Can It Be Avoided?

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Discrimination is a very real and serious problem that infects the business climate the world over. It's unfortunate it's such a problem but it's incredibly easy to fall into the trap of discrimination without even realizing it. Discrimination comes in many forms and it's not exclusively a matter of race, gender, social background, or sexual orientation anymore. There are all sorts of discrimination that take place when hiring employees in the work place. So, how can it be avoided?

As a manager, you will need to train yourself to recognize discrimination and employ a wide variety of techniques to prevent and avoid discrimination. Studying the different forms of discrimination and the legal materials behind them will avoid accidentally discriminating against someone during the hiring process. Bookmark this guide on discrimination at the office to protect yourself and your employees from harmful discriminatory behavior.

What Forms Does It Take?

There is a wide-variety of discrimination that happens on a daily basis. Some are easy to recognize because they've been the subject of heated legal and civil battles for many years, but others are newer and harder to recognize. A good manager will be familiar with all forms of discrimination and the legal issues that surround each type to better protect themselves, their employees, and their organization from legal trouble and from harassment in general.

As a manager becomes more and more knowledgeable on the subject of discrimination, they will be able to better prevent it in the future and create a healthy, diverse workplace for their employees to flourish. Keeping up with trends in discrimination is also important so that managers are able to better protect themselves before a form of discrimination is legally recognized.

Stopping Discrimination Before It Starts

Discrimination will cause work related stress if handled poorly.

Hiring employees is difficult on its own but there is a cornucopia of laws that must be adhered to that protect both parties from discrimination. Managers need to pay close attention at the hiring stage because a few simple, wrong questions will land them in legal hot water up to their ears. This will surely ruin you and your organization's reputation and will open the floodgates for future problems.

To prevent this, it's critical you study the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) laws to understand the correct way to conduct your hiring process. Though it seems like a lot to ingest, the laws are very simple and are there to protect all parties in some way. There are also many effective and safe ways to judge an employee candidate based on skill and knowledge that is legal.

Prevention

Discrimination and harassment are disruptive and should not be taken lightly. It's a manager's job to identify the problem and choose the appropriate actions in order to discipline those guilty of discrimination and prevent further discrimination from happening in the future. Again, there are a lot of laws that need to be studied but they are designed to protect you and your organization. Utilize these laws to their fullest when appropriate in order to stop discrimination before it becomes a serious problem.

Legal Issues and Documents

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Employers and managers have a wide variety of tools at their disposal to battle and prevent workplace discrimination. It's very important they use all of these tools to their fullest potential in order to keep their workplace professional. There are many laws in place and all of them provide valuable insight on discrimination. Having this knowledge on hand allows you to better handle any discrimination case that pops up among your employees and will help keep your protected if an employee feels discriminated against.

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