Take Steps To Prevent Discrimination
Discrimination is a term that is often heard of across the globe when it comes to the process
of managing a business organization. The literal meaning of discrimination is to show prejudice or bias towards
certain people and the term more or less retains the same meaning when it is applied in the corporate context,
especially when it is applied to the field of employment and its related issues.
Workplace Discrimination or employment discrimination as it is also known is the name given to the
practice of showing bias or prejudice towards a certain section of the people, starting from the process of hiring
employees, to assigning them jobs, giving them promotions, terminating their employment and paying them
compensation. Different types of harassment have also been used at the workplace as strong discrimination
The main theme behind Workplace Discrimination is the fact that the human race tends to create stereotypes
and then groups people according to those types. This is usually the result of the perception of those whose have
risen to power and are in control of the situation. Most of the Workplace Discrimination is based around factors
such as age, national origin, color, sex, physical disability, religion, languages spoken and political affiliation
just to name a few factors. Let us now elaborate on these factors of Workplace Discrimination.
The first factor is age. It is usually considered that a person tends to get weak and frail
along with the passage of time. Therefore, old people are not recruited for new job openings, for the reason that
they are not energetic, take time to understand their task and are most resistant to change. In spite of this
perception, certain studies have proven that most old people are more energetic than their younger counterparts and
tend to have a better understanding of the situation than the younger people. That is why such people are more
valued by the Japanese than by people in the Europe and United States.
The second factor is national origin, which accounts for a good amount of Workplace
Discrimination. As a general perception, people that come from 1 country and work in another country are
deemed to be dishonest. They are therefore given jobs that are of basic nature and which do not require the
employer to trust the employee.
Despite the fact that not all people coming from these countries are bad, the majority still
feels neglected due to this perception.
Another most important factor is sex. It is thought that women are considered to be inferior to their
male counterparts and thus are not promoted beyond a certain point, which is known as the glass ceiling effect.
This demonstrates that there still is a male dominated society.
Many countries are taking action against Workplace Discrimination and encouraging diversity
and equal opportunity.
The laws state that it is now illegal to discriminate against any employee on the above
mentioned basis and that employment, job assignment and promotions must only be made based upon the competence and
the experience of the employee and not upon the sex, religion, color, and ethnic background of the employee in
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