Preventing Discrimination In the Workplace

download Preventing Discrimination In the Workplace

of 25

  • date post

    25-Feb-2016
  • Category

    Documents

  • view

    49
  • download

    0

Embed Size (px)

description

Preventing Discrimination In the Workplace. What Employees Need to Know. Session Objectives. You will be able to: Understand what workplace discrimination is and why it is illegal Recognize the requirements of discrimination laws and the organization’s discrimination policy - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

Transcript of Preventing Discrimination In the Workplace

  • Preventing DiscriminationIn the WorkplaceWhat Employees Need to Know

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Session ObjectivesYou will be able to:Understand what workplace discrimination is and why it is illegalRecognize the requirements of discrimination laws and the organizations discrimination policyIdentify different types of discriminationHelp prevent discrimination in the workplace

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    What Types of Discrimination Are Protected By Law?Race ColorNational originReligionSexAgeDisability

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Which Laws Prohibit Workplace Discrimination?Title VIIPregnancy Discrimination ActEqual Pay ActAmericans with Disabilities ActAge Discrimination in Employment ActState laws

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Why Is Employment Discrimination Illegal?Workplace discrimination is unfairIt denies opportunities to qualified individualsIt limits access to the most qualified individuals

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    What Is Prohibited by the Discrimination Laws?Basing employment decisions on anything other than an individuals qualifications and abilitiesApplying different standards to different individualsAllowing or engaging in harassmentRetaliating against individuals for engaging in protected activities

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    What Is Prohibited by the Discrimination Laws? (cont.)Organizations also cant discriminate in:Recruitment, hiring, and testingFiringPromotions, transfers, layoffs, recallsDisciplineTraining and apprenticeship programsCompensation and benefits

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Discrimination PolicyOur policy supports equal employment opportunityIt requires everyone to obey the lawIt urges all to treat others professionally and respectfully

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Discrimination Law and Policy: True or False?Only minorities and women are protected by discrimination laws.The organizations policy supports equal employment opportunity.You could be fired for testifying at a discrimination hearing on behalf of a co-worker.Harassment is only illegal if a supervisor does it.

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Discrimination Laws and Policy RequirementsDo you understand the information presented in the previous slides?

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Race/Color DiscriminationBasic protectionStereotypesMarriage or associationRace-related characteristics

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Race/Color Discrimination (cont.)HarassmentSegregation and classification of employeesPreemployment inquiries

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    National Origin DiscriminationBirthplace, ancestry, cultureAccentMarriage or associationSurname

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    National Origin Discrimination (cont.)English-only rulesHarassmentEmployment verification for immigration

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Religious DiscriminationReasonable accommodationUndue hardshipUnion dues

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Religious Discrimination (cont.)Common accommodations include:Sabbath observanceReligious holidaysLeaving work earlyTime off for prayersDress and grooming

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Sex DiscriminationBasic protectionsSexual harassmentPregnancyEqual pay for equal work

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Age DiscriminationDiscrimination because of age prohibitedWorkers of all ages entitled to same basic treatment and opportunities

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Disability DiscriminationDiscrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities prohibitedDisability may involve physical or mental impairmentLaw emphasizes ability, not disabilityReasonable accommodation required

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Discrimination Charges And EnforcementFiling chargesPrima facie caseEmployers rebuttal

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Legal Remedies for DiscriminationInjunctionHiring/reinstatementBack payAttorneys feesPunitive and compensatory damages

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Types of Discrimination: True or False?Employers can refuse to hire foreigners who may come from terrorist countries.Only the disability discrimination law requires reasonable accommodations.The age discrimination law applies to workers of any age.Its illegal to discriminate against a white worker who is married to a black person.

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Types of Workplace DiscriminationDo you understand the information presented in the previous slides?

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    How Can You Help Prevent Workplace Discrimination?Understand and follow the organizations discrimination policyRecognize each person as an individualTreat everyone with respect and courtesyBe aware of and try to correct your biasesStop people when you hear them joke about or put down others

    Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0904

    Workplace discrimination is illegalIt denies opportunities to qualified peopleDiscrimination hurts everyone in the organizationnot just those who are discriminated againstDo your part to help prevent workplace discrimination

    Slide Show NotesToday, were going to talk about workplace discrimination. Both federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the job and help provide equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, older workers, and people with disabilities. Despite the fact that the laws have been around for many years, workplace discrimination still occurs. Many people still do not get the employment opportunities they deserve based on their skills and abilities simply because of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.Our organization supports equal opportunity and works hard to comply with workplace discrimination laws. But we cant succeed without your help. You play a very important role in making sure our workplace is free of discrimination. Slide Show NotesThe main objective of this session is to help you better understand the requirements of discrimination laws and the organizations discrimination policy so that you can help us prevent workplace discrimination. By the time this session is over, you should be able to:Understand what workplace discrimination is and why it is illegal;Recognize the requirements of discrimination laws and the organizations discrimination policy; Identify different types of discrimination; and Help the organization prevent discrimination in the workplace.Slide Show NotesWorkplace discrimination laws protect people against employment discrimination and provide equal opportunity in the workplace.The laws protect job candidates and employees from discrimination based on:Race; Color;National origin;Religion; Sex; Age; andDisability.Slide Show NotesThe following federal laws are among the most important workplace discrimination laws:Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, or sex.The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination against pregnant employees and job candidates.The Equal Pay Act requires men and women to be paid the same for equal work.The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disabilities and requires employers to accommodate otherwise qualified individuals to help them perform their jobs.And, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits discrimination against employees and job candidates 40 years of age and older. Similar state laws also prevent workplace discrimination. Slide Show NotesWorkplace discrimination is illegal for three important reasons.The first is that discrimination is unfair. It treats people differently on the basis of characteristics that have little or nothing to do with their ability to perform a job.Discrimination is also illegal because it denies employment opportunities to qualified individuals. Everyone wants to get ahead and succeed on the job. Why should someone be denied that right because he is African American or Hispanic or Muslim, because she is female, because he has a disability that does not affect his ability to perform the job, or just because she is past a certain age?Furthermore, employment discrimination hurts organizations and everyone who works thereeven those who are not discriminated against. Thats because discrimination may prevent some of the most talented, skilled, and capable people from getting jobs. And when that happens, everyone suffers. Have you ever been discriminated against, or do you know someone who has? If so, you know the damage discrimination can cause. Ask trainees to give examples of people they know who have been discriminated against and tell how they felt about it. Slide Show NotesWorkplace discrimination laws prohibit organizations from basing employment decisions on anything other than an individuals qualifications and abilities. This means that employers cant take a persons race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or age into account when dealing with employees or job applicants. It also means that disabilities must be accommodated whenever possible.In addition, organizations cant apply different standards, or apply standards differently, to different individuals because of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.Discrimination laws also prohibit any type of workplace harassment of employees in these protected groups. They also prohibit employees from harassing their co-workers.In addition, the laws say that employers cant retaliate against any employee for engaging in protected activities, such as filing discrimination charges or testifying in hearings and cou