Discrimination in the Work Environment

Essay by bsgreenhouseUniversity, Master'sA, December 2007

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Discrimination in the Work Environment

Prepared For: Professor Bruce Barnard

Prepared By: Benson Shitera

Report Date: August 25, 2007

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

History of Racial Discrimination in the Workplace

Affirmative Action

Equal Opportunity in the Workplace

Federal Vs State Employment laws

Legal process of filling a discrimination complains

Diversity in the workplace

Preventing Discrimination in the Work Environment


Executive Summary

All companies, organization and the government being included should have policies regarding hiring, promoting and terminating employees to ensure a non-discriminatory work environment. Every American citizen has the right to apply for a job and be fairly considered based on merit, if for any reason the company creates or encourages a discriminatory environment by only hiring a particular group or individuals the organization can be faced with costly effects of discrimination.

Moreover, any time a person or group is discriminated upon based on injustice, based on their membership of a social group, it causes discrimination.

Such causes usually include having a predetermined view on someone because of nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion and disability. Employers should comply with Title VII and EEOC standards, along with their local employment laws. All these items should be posted in the break rooms, Human Resources office, and supervisor's office for everyone to see and use as a reference. When an employer is looking to hire new employees, promote existing employees, or terminate employees, the employer must be aware of the discrimination laws protected by Civil Rights Act. In this report I will discuss the history of racial discrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity in the workplace, diversity and the laws surrounding discrimination.

History of Racial Discrimination in the Workplace

According to dictionary.reference.com, "discrimination is an act, treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit; partiality...