Discrimination and harassment in the workplace can take many forms. It can be based on race, gender, age, religion, or disability. It can be intentional or unintentional. Discrimination occurs when an employer fails to hire or promote someone based on a protected characteristic. It can also occur when an employer treats an employee differently than others regarding pay, benefits, or job assignments.
Harassment is a type of discrimination that includes unpleasant conduct based on a protected characteristic. This can include offensive jokes, name-calling, physical threats or assaults, and unwelcome sexual advances. If you think you or someone is mistreated at work, contact Carey & Associates, P.C.
What should we do in response to discrimination and harassment?
We have seen too often some people lose view of the duality of the HR position as an internal human resource professional. The duality consists of two responsibilities:
Risk management is an essential part of preventing workplace harassment. Employers can help create a safe and respectful work environment by identifying and addressing potential risks. By implementing policies and procedures designed to prevent and address workplace harassment, employers can help reduce liability risk and create a more positive and productive workplace.
Protect employee rights
HR professionals are responsible for ensuring that any employee has violated workplace rights. Employees have the right to be free from harassment in the workplace. Harassment is a form of discrimination that can create a hostile work environment. HR and employers are responsible for protecting employees from harassment by creating a policy against it and enforcing it.
Discrimination in the workplace is a serious issue that can have a negative impact on employee morale and productivity. If you believe you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, it is important to take action and investigate the situation.
There are a few steps you can take to investigate discrimination in the workplace:
- Keep a record of the incidents. This can include dates, times, locations, and any witnesses who may have seen or heard the discriminatory behavior.
- Talk to a trusted supervisor or HR representative. It is essential to have someone to talk to to help you navigate the situation and investigate the claims.
- File a formal complaint. If you have evidence of discrimination, you can file a formal complaint with your company or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- Seek legal counsel. If you have been the victim of discrimination, consider seeking legal counsel to explore your options and protect your rights.