Managers need to be aware of the possible consequences of discrimination in the workplace. The consequences can be severe for the company as well as all those who were involved in the actions that can be labeled as discrimination. Knowing the consequences will give you a stronger will to deter and prevent discrimination in your workplace.
Here are some of the possible consequences of discrimination in the workplace for managers to be aware of:
Lawsuits- Lawsuits are likely to occur if discrimination goes on in the workplace. If a manager is made aware of possible discrimination and doesn’t do anything about it, there is a good chance that the company will get sued by the person complaining of the issue. It is extremely important that managers act on any complaints of discrimination to stop this from happening. Once a lawsuit starts, it will have other devastating consequences for the company.
Job Loss- If managers don’t act on a complaint of discrimination, it could mean the loss of your job. It could also mean the loss of employment for those who are taking part in the discrimination. That is one of the worst consequences of discrimination in the workplace. People lose their jobs when they don’t have to. It is important to make all employees aware of what discrimination is and why it won’t be tolerated in our workplace. This makes it easier to deal with having to dismiss someone who is taking part in discriminating against another employee.
Media Coverage- If the discrimination is brought to trial or if the person that is being discriminated against bring the story to the media, there is a good chance that your company and the names of certain employees may be brought into a full blown media frenzy. Depending on the extent of the discrimination, it could go to a national news story. It isn’t worth the company getting a bad name over. Managers have to do everything in their power to put a stop to discrimination immediately upon learning about it.
Loss of Good Employees- When an employee is feeling as though they are being discriminated against, it makes their workday that much harder. That employee might be one of the best employees that you have and you could lose them if you don’t act to stop and prevent further issues with the discrimination. Good employees are hard to come by, as most managers know. Managers need to ensure that their employees are treated with decency and respect in the workplace.
Loss of Business- Chances are that if your company is embroiled in a nasty lawsuit surrounding discrimination of any type, you will lose business. Discrimination is very bad PR for any company. Managers should be more aware of this possible consequence than anyone else is. It could cost so many customers that the business will have to close it’s doors. It isn’t worth the risk.
Discrimination in the workplace is never acceptable no matter whose part it is on. It is against the law and employers are held responsible for any discrimination that takes place in their business. Managers have to keep a close eye on whether or not it is occurring in their departments. This is the only way to deter and quell discrimination from happening in the workplace.