As an employer, you have to be aware of the possibility of discrimination accusations from your employees. It sometimes isn’t easy to distinguish what is considered discrimination. Knowing what constitutes discrimination can put your well on your way to avoiding it in your workplace.
Here are some tips on how to avoid discrimination accusations in your workplace:
Disbursing duties- When you decide who is to do what in your workplace, make sure that the workload is evenly spread out among your employees. Don’t pile one desk up with an overload of work and not add work to other peoples piles. This is often done because an employee is more reliable about getting the work done. Unfortunately, it can come across as discrimination.
Discussing problems with employees- Do not discuss a problem with an employee in front of other employees. This shouldn’t be done in any circumstance because it is simply wrong. However, if you discuss issues with an employee in front of other employees, you can cause a great deal more harm than you had imagined. This is especially true when it comes across as picking on the employee. It is better to simply handle these discussions in a private manner.
Documentation- If you have an employee who is a particular problem, keep documentation of the problem. Keeping these things well documented will help in cases of discrimination accusations. Documentation will show that the employee was not doing what he/she should have been doing. It could be a time waster or someone who doesn’t come to work on time. Keep your bases covered by compiling documentation.
Pay- It won’t matter that you have told your employees not to discus their wages with other employees, it happens anyway. This is especially true when employees become restless because they haven’t seen any pay raises for a while. Be fair about the rate of pay you give to each employee. Start out similar jobs at a rate of pay that is consistent to each other. Don’t give one employee more money for the same job. Don’t give higher raises to employees who tend to goof off than you do to those who work diligently. This is a sure fire way to get a discrimination suits to land on your desk.
Promotions-Be fair in evaluating employees for promotions. Be honest with yourself about the qualifications of each employee to handle the position. A promotion should always be about who does a better job, not who needs the pay raise more or who has been with the company the longest. The longest employee doesn’t necessarily mean he/she is the better employee for the position that is open. If you do not promote the person who is more qualified, you could find accusations floating around the office about discrimination in the workplace.
Following the above tips on how to avoid discrimination accusations will help keep your workplace much more at ease. It helps avoid tensions and keeps your employees happy. Don’t put yourself in the position of having to defend your actions. If you make the right choices, you will be able to back it up with proof.