What does discrimination mean?
Treating a person or particular group of people differently, especially in a worse way from the way in which you treat other people is the definition of discrimination.
What about the discrimination at workplaces? What kinds of discrimination may exist there?
Let’s have a look at some facts.
The type of discrimination that may exist in a workplace can be one of the followings.
Race, color, nationality, ethnic or national origin Religion, belief
Being transsexual or transgender
Being pregnant or on maternity leave
There are two main types of discrimination in the workplace.
Direct discrimination covers circumstances where someone is deliberately mistreated, bullied or treated differently because of any protected characteristics.
Indirect discrimination covers circumstances where an employee is treated the same as everybody else, but the effect on them is worse because of a protected characteristic.
For example, an employer might have a policy against headwear which could affect people of certain religions.
If an employee believes that they’ve been the victim of indirect discrimination, then it’s up to the employer to prove that they had a valid business reason for their actions.
They need to show that they considered the impact on the employee and anyone else with similar characteristics. If an employee feels that he/she is a victim of discrimination in the workplace, then there are some ways to go through.
To discuss your problems always help to clarify the ambiguities and misunderstandings. It might be that a manager or employer is unaware that what they’re doing is discriminatory, in which case them being made aware could be all that it takes.
If discussing didn’t help you out, then it’s time to go to higher authorities. In order to do that you need a written letter that talks about your problem. You can write down whatever the problem is with you and ask for help.
Following the complaint, there should be something done to clear the problem. Then it is time to see what the cases are to help you out from the authority point of view.
These are the ways that employees can use to get help if they feel the discrimination in the workplace.