Discrimination in the workplace is against the law. It still happens in many workplaces across the United States nonetheless. It is important for managers to recognize potential discrimination and handle complaints quickly so that business doesn’t suffer because of it. If an employee is suffering from being discriminated against in your workplace, the company could be subject to a very large lawsuit. It’s not worth ignoring the problem. It won’t go away just because you pretend it doesn’t exist.
Here is how manager’s can effectively handle complaints of discrimination in the workplace:
Take all Complaints Seriously
Managers must take all complaints of discrimination seriously. It doesn’t matter if you think it is unfounded. You have an obligation to your employee to do an investigation into the possibility. Never overlook a complaint about any type of discrimination because it could cost the company a lot of money and you your job. Check into the complaint immediately to determine it’s veracity.
Have the complaining employee fill out a report on what happened and why they feel they were discriminated against. This should go in the employees file after you have completed any action that must be taken. The employee should sign the paperwork as well as you. This will denote that all parties are aware of what has been occurring. This paperwork will come in handy when it is time to make a decision on action.
The next step on the list is to investigate the claims of discrimination. If you already had an inclination that it was going on, it will make it much easier to draw the problem out. If not, you have your work cut out for you. No one will willingly admit that they have been discriminating against an employee. No one wants to lose their job. However, it is important to investigate by interviewing other employees including those that are being accused of the discrimination. Manager’s must make every effort, not just sweep over the problem quickly to determine if the problem truly does exist.
If you find that there has been discrimination going on in the workplace by one of your employees, it is time to make sure that the employee responsible is disciplined for their actions. Each case is different and you will have to handle it accordingly. Dismal from their job is probably the most likely solution so that you can effectively get rid of the problem of discrimination in the workplace.
These are the proper steps to take in effectively handling complaints of discrimination in the workplace. It is important that managers understand how serious these issues are and to take them seriously. If you don’t, it could cost you far more than you are willing to pay. Don’t cover for someone when they discriminate against another employee in your workplace. The aftermath can be devastating.