Discrimination Laws in the Workplace
Discrimination is a term referring to the treatment taken toward or against a person of a certain group in consideration based mainly on class,color, religoin and sex or sexual preferences. Discrimination is the actual behavior towards another group or person. It involves excluding or restricting members of one group or person from opportunities that are available to other groups or individuals.
Everyone agrees that workplace discrimination has no place in the modern business world. But not everyone understands the laws that protect employees against discrimination. In this case, what you don't know can hurt you especially if an aggrieved employee files a discrimination claim against your company. If and employer violates the workplace discrimination laws whether deliberately or by accident they face great legal and financial problems and consequences.
Discrimination may occur when an employee suffers unfair treatment due to their race, religion, national origin, or disabled. This group could also include employees who suffer rebuttal for opposing workplace discrimination or for reporting violations to the authorities. Federal law prohibits discrimination in a number of work-related areas, including recruiting, hiring, job evaluations, promotion, training, compensation and disciplinary action (1999 - 2010 AllBusiness.com)
This definition raises an important point: Unfair treatment does not necessarily equal unlawful discrimination. Treating a person differently from others violates Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws only when the treatment is based on the presence of a protected characteristic, rather than on job performance or even on something as strange as an employee's personality. Keep in mind, however, that discrimination claims can be highly impersonal. To avoid discrimination, you do not have to extend special treatment to any employee. The law requires only that you extend the same employment...
References: 1999 - 2010 AllBusiness.com
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination Questions And Answers"November 21, 2009, http://www.eeoc.gov.
Trentham, Susan; Laurie Larwood (1998). "Gender Discrimination and the Workplace: An Examination of Rational Bias Theory".
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