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What businesses can do to prevent workplace discrimination

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2023 | Business Law |

Discrimination in the workplace can be detrimental to employees and morale. It can also lead to costly legal challenges for businesses.

By taking several proactive steps, businesses can lower the chances of workplace discrimination taking place. They can also help foster a diverse and inclusive work environment for everyone.

Establish clear policies

Creating and implementing clear anti-discrimination policies helps prevent workplace discrimination. These policies should define what constitutes discrimination. They should also discuss harassment and retaliation. Make sure they also provide guidelines for reporting and addressing such issues.

Conduct employee training

Conduct regular employee training sessions to educate staff about workplace discrimination and how to prevent it. Employees must know their rights. They also need to know their responsibilities in promoting a discrimination-free workplace.

Develop reporting systems

Establish a reporting system where employees can report concerns without fear of retaliation. Investigate all complaints and take appropriate action as necessary.

Discipline offenders

Apply disciplinary actions for policy violations. Maintain consistency when doing so. Avoid showing favoritism or bias when addressing workplace discrimination issues.

Encourage open communication

Promote open communication channels in the workplace. Employees must feel comfortable discussing concerns with their superiors or human resources personnel. Encourage transparency and responsiveness to employee feedback.

Monitor the workplace

Watch the workplace for signs of discrimination. Conduct self-assessment, too, to identify potential areas of improvement. Use the data to address issues and prevent future incidents

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission said it received 73,485 new discrimination complaints in fiscal year 2022; an almost 20% increase over the year prior. By proactively addressing workplace discrimination, businesses can reduce the risk of claims. In doing so, they can save themselves valuable time and money.

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