Discrimination and harassment in the workplace

Discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Favouritism is very common in every work. Bosses, managers, and representatives all have biases. In response to such biases, they may have access to many facilities including the best brunches, office transportation, mobile phones, and even many other luxury gifts. Such favouritism increases discrimination at work.

Discrimination and harassment in the workplace

“Discrimination” refers to being treated unfairly or immorally. It is prohibited in the workplace if it is based on any personal feature or status, such as gender or race.

Discrimination can manifest itself in the form of “harassment,” which occurs when a boss, supervisor, or coworker says or does anything that creates an unpleasant, abusive, or traumatic work environment.

Common workplace discrimination

Here are some common examples of workplace discrimination:

  • Spreading false stories about a colleague.
  • Making derogatory comments, emails, or social media postings about an employee.
  • Demotion, transfer, or dismissal without a proper disciplinary procedure.
  • Paying women less for doing the same work as men due to their gender.
  • Firing or laying off senior workers in order to hire pretty young, least experienced people to do their roles.
  • Passing someone up for a training or promotion cos of their race, colour, gender, or other protected trait.

What should I do if I am a victim of discrimination?

If you are being addressed badly at work, there are several ways you may take to defend your rights:

  • Keep a diary at home to document incidences of suspected harassment and discrimination.
  • Note the dates, hours, and eyewitnesses to any such cases.
  • You should document improper behaviour as soon as it occurs may be useful if you ever need to pursue legal action, such as a lawsuit.
  • If possible use your personal laptop, pc or mobile phone for saving discrimination records.
  • Keep copies of every significant letter and information that you need to tell /send the concerned person.
  • In situations of sexual or racial harassment, immediately notify a trusted focal person.
  • You may also file a complaint with human resources. Go with a written complaint.
  • Remember: save a copy for yourself.

Note: As per human rights, your boss cannot fire or dismiss you after you register a complaint.

Raise your voice to get your right. Share your story with us if you are suffering due to discrimination in the workplace. Stay strong

Sunbal Razzaq

Sunbal Razzaq is the founder & CEO of Sunshine Tips.

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