the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
There are many types of discrimination that can take place in life and living It can be direct or indirect , It can have many layers that cloud the real picture.As such all discriminatory behaviour does not come up openly to be resolved. And that is where the efforts towards nondiscrimination become futile as much as challenging.
At work, the corporate culture needs a structural mind shift to understanding unique challenges faced by employees in terms of reducing harassment and denouncing gender bias in benefits perks and salaries and most importantly attitudes.
Discrimination is a social disease and truly a discomfort that destroys peace and productivity and make workplace a living hell.
Non discrimination along with equality are the core elements of the international human rights normative framework.
When you discriminate against anyone, you discriminate against everyone.” –Alan Dershowitz
From race, religion, disability, ethnicity, family status,gender identity, genetic characteristics, marital status, nationality, sex, and sexual orientation,discrimination at work can have multitude of factors.
Every employer must understand there is an immediate responsibility to manage and help prevent discrimination in the workplace.
A few insights on workplace implementation of non discriminatory practices…
Avoiding irrelevant personal questions like marital status, caste,or creed in application forms.
If personal information is required for processing then it must be handled with care and fairness without prejudice.
Discrimination possibly begins right from hiring assigning of job duties responsibilities , during training, as well as in the salaries compensation and perks.
Spreading awareness and educating all workers and employees about what constitutes discrimination and the methods in place as checkpoint for the same.
Encouraging an attitude of tolerance and respect for one another’s differences.
Developing workplace ethics and dealing with issues that crop up in a responsive, consistent, confidential and prompt way.
Keeping tabs on how managers and team leaders enforce and respond with the measures in place.
In all creating a culture of non discrimination and fair practice needs measures that are introduced monitored and rigourously pursued wirh stringent norms implemented for regulatory purposes.
It is a given that creating equality in workspaces is a progressive practice hence will require continuous monitoring for checking efficacy of the set norms and its adaptation for any positive transformational change in workspaces.