Discrimination in the Workplace: Equal Opportunity in Employment

When one hears the word discrimination especially in a workplace setting it is usually referring to the preferential treatment of some staff members over others.
One instance is the case where persons receive different pay and benefits for the same position. Discrimination in the workplace comes into play when differentiation is done unfairly. Examples of this are when a person of one race is not able to apply for a particular position or one gender gets more pay for the same job. The point being made is that discrimination occurs when selections are made on the basis of gender reassignment, civil partnership or marriage, religion, sexual orientation, color, disability, nationality, race or age among others. Discrimination can occur during the application process, during the course of employment or relating to the terms under which the employment is terminated.
Discrimination in the workplace can be grouped into four categories: harassment, victimization, indirect or direct.
Harassment refers to intimidating or offensive behavior which can be sexist or racist in nature.
Victimization occurs when a staff member is treated with less favor because they tried to make a complaint about discrimination. Equal opportunity is a vital part of the employment market and the legislation is in place to protect that.
Indirect discrimination occurs when there is something that gives some the advantage over the other. As an example companies that require persons to be clean shaven are ostracizing members of particular religious groups. This can only be done in instances where it is necessary for the operation of the business and no other options exist.
Direct discrimination occurs when an employer elects to treat someone less favorably as a result of all the reasons listed beforehand. The rules are simple and finite when it comes to discrimination in the workplace. Employers have to be cognizant of the way in which they do things to protect themselves from committing any breaches as it pertains to equal opportunity.


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Need to get legal advice on work harassment and hostile environment and possibablity age discriminatin. I am age 55, been on medicla leave for almost 1 year, employer got my work release back in feb to return from my doctor, simply saying I can work a full time 40 hour work week. Work wanted it to not say 40 hours so i could cxontinue to work overtime and not get paid, that is what finally got me out on leave in the first place. I went ahead with a class action law suit for back pay and we just settled, 82 people will be getting what they disserve. i simply want to end my relationship with company nicely and move on can not retrun to this enviroment again I am scraced to dealth they will continue to trat me as they did befoee. Final thing before I went on leave, was asked to drive all the way to corporate to sign a letter of resignation I asked why? they said in my best interest?
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