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What actions are considered race discrimination in the workplace?

Employers should do what they can to ensure their employees are happy and look forward to coming into work every day. For some, having a pleasant work environment and friendly coworkers is pretty much all the motivation they need to come into work, so when they feel as though something is amiss, they may be reluctant to show up and do a good job. This may be how employees feel when they have been victims of racial discrimination, and employers should pay close attention to what could have happened to make them feel this way.

The following actions would be considered race discrimination in the workplace:

  • Paying an employee a low wage or salary due to their race.
  • Not providing or offering employee benefits due to their race.
  • Terminating or suspending an employee due to their race.
  • Segregating or keeping employees apart due to their race.

As an employer, it is important that you treat all employees equally. Sometimes, employees may feel as though they have discriminated against, but the employer doesn't agree with their opinion. Regardless, any claims of race discrimination should be taken seriously, and employers should do what they can to make the work environment one that is comfortable for all employees.

When an employee comes to you with a problem, it is necessary for you to listen and work to rectify any wrongs that have been done. You may not agree with the employee's thoughts and opinions, but if you want to avoid going to court, it is best not to ignore them. Should an employee decide to file an official claim and seek compensation, an attorney can assist you with handling this matter.


Employers should take harassment claims seriously

Employers are expected to do everything they can to provide their employees with a comfortable, safe work environment. For all employers, a safe work environment should be one that is free of harassment. Although many employees may feel as though they are treated fairly, and their employer is doing what they are supposed to, there may be others who would disagree.

When employees feel as though they have been harassed in the workplace, they may decide to take action. They will likely first inform their employer of this specific behavior in hopes of them doing something to correct things. But if nothing changes, they may hire an attorney and file a claim. At this point, they may seek compensation.

Harassment is something that can take many forms. There have been many who have claimed that their employer or someone in the workplace has harassed them due to their age, sex, religion and much more. It may be tempting for an employer to ignore a claim of harassment and hope that it will go away, but if you want to avoid being taken to court and possibly having to pay your employee for their troubles, harassment claims should be taken seriously.

There are many things that employers can do to avoid a harassment claim, but that doesn't mean that an employee won't feel as though they have been harassed or treated unfairly in the workplace. When someone comes forth and wants to speak to you about harassment in the workplace, do not ignore the claim. Should your employee decide to take you to court, an attorney from Kisner Law Firm can assist you with your case.

How employers should handle employees who are pregnant

As an employer, it is always important to treat all of your employees with respect. Failure to do so may cause issues and even lead to an employee filing a discrimination claim. This legal battle where it is your word against theirs can be exhausting, stressful and overwhelming. When dealing with a pregnant employee, employers need to be aware of the laws in place regarding employment.

When an employee is pregnant, employers should be sure of the following:

  • They don't terminate an employee due to their pregnancy.
  • They hold the employee's job when the absence is pregnancy-related.
  • They don't refuse to promote an employee due to their pregnancy.
  • They provide similar benefits for those who are single and pregnant as those who are married.

Sometimes, certain decisions or behaviors can be mistaken for discrimination. That being the case, what an employee may view as discrimination may not be similar to what their employer views as discrimination. However, when an employee feels as though they have been treated differently than others, employers should take a close look at what they may or may not have done because it is possible that they have discriminated against this pregnant employee.

Discrimination claims should be taken seriously by all employers. If someone feels as though you have discriminated against them because of their pregnancy, you should not hesitate to hire an attorney who can help you with the case. Filing a claim doesn't make the accusation true, but employers should ensure they do what they can to keep all their employees happy and avoid other accusations of discrimination.

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