Employees have rights to safe discrimination-free work environments. This helps ensure that people of any ethnicity can make a fair living. Diverse workplace communities may also be physically and mentally healthier for minorities who feel seen and understood.
Despite these laws, discrimination still happens. In fact, over half of workers in any company may report suffering or witness discrimination. To prevent discrimination, it may help to learn a few more facts. Here’s what you should know:
1. Discrimination can come from anyone
History has typically favored a select few ethnic majorities. Many biases and prejudices toward minorities often come from ethnic majorities. However, discrimination can come from majorities and minorities. For example, one race may have targeted biases against another race, despite both races being minorities. When minorities fight each other, it makes it harder to combat discrimination.
2. Discrimination can start as early as a job interview
Nearly everyone goes through an interview before they get their job. An interview can be the very first place a minority faces discrimination. Questions during the interview may even be targeted, such as someone’s marital status or place of origin. These kinds of questions may be used to wean out people who are seen as unfavorable because of an uncontrollable characteristic.
3. Workplace discrimination can follow people home
Many people believe that workplace discrimination only happens in the workplace, but many people suffer stalking or harassment at home from workplace bullies. A worker may be targeted on social media, receive threatening letters or even have personal information revealed that would lead to further discrimination.
4. Workers have the right to fight against discrimination
Workplace discrimination is a constant battle. Workers have the right to report abuse they suffered or witnessed. Companies should take action when employees make discrimination or harassment claims. When companies do nothing to prevent or stop discrimination or harassment, employees may take legal action.