Workplace Discrimination And Harassment

Workplace Discrimination And Harassment



Workplace Discrimination and Harassment.
Australian Federal and State legislation states unlawful discrimination occurs when a​ group of​ people,​ individuals are treated less favourably than any other person or​ group of​ people because of​ their ethnicity,​ race,​ colour,​ sex,​ marital status,​ age or​ disability,​ religion and sexual reference,​ whether your a​ member of​ a​ trade union and any other characteristic specified under antidiscrimination or​ human rights legislation.
Workplace discrimination and harassment can occur in​
· Employment and selection of​ staff.
· Training and type of​ training being offered.
· Being considered for a​ transfer,​ promotion or​ sacking.
· Work place conditions.
What is​ defined as​ unlawful harassment?
Under Australian state and federal legislation unlawful harassment can occur when a​ person humiliated because of​ their race,​ or​ intimidated and insulted because of​ there colour,​ ethnicity,​ or​ any other specified characteristic under antidiscrimination or​ human rights legislation.
Workplace harassment can include behaviour such as​
· Mailing or​ submitting sexually explicit or​ suggestive letters,​ notes or​ emails.
· The making of​ derogatory taunts or​ comments about a​ persons religion or​ race. telling insulting the​ making of​ jokes about particular racial groups.
· Nude or​ ​po​rn​ographic posters displayed.
· The asking of​ questions about a​ persons sex life or​ personal life.
The nature of​ harassment and or​ discrimination.
No matter the​ seriousness of​ an incident,​ whether it​ be a​ oneoff or​ prolonged and long termed,​ it​ will still be judged as​ harassment or​ discrimination. if​ left unchecked the​ continued harassment will erode the​ drive and ability of​ the​ individual or​ group to​ eventually effect the​ overall performance of​ their work performance.
However the​ absence of​ any formal or​ verbal complaints is​ not necessarily any indication that harassment or​ discrimination is​ not occurring. in​ a​ lot of​ cases the​ person or​ group being harassed or​ discriminated against will not complain or​ report the​ incident in​ the​ belief that they will be deemed as​ wingers or​ the​ incident is​ too trivial. in​ most cases the​ victim of​ the​ workplace harassment or​ discrimination is​ lacking confidence in​ their own ability and has fear of​ retribution or​ even worse,​ being dismissed.
Hostile working environment
As an employer you will also need to​ be aware of​ your responsibilities in​ making the​ work environment a​ safe place from a​ culture of​ sexual or​ racial harassment. Both are deemed as​ HOSTILE. An example of​ a​ potential hostile working environment would include the​ display of​ nude or​ ​po​rn​ographic material,​ swearing and crude conversations,​ racially or​ sex specific jokes.
What can not be classed as​ harassment or​ discrimination.
However it​ must be remembered that comments and advice given by supervisors,​ work colleagues and managers on​ the​ work performance or​ work related behaviour of​ an individual or​ group should not be confused with workplace harassment or​ discrimination.
Feedback during normal performance appraisals and work performance meetings will always be deemed as​ stressful and will in​ some cases effect the​ well being of​ the​ person or​ group being appraised. However,​ managers and supervisors should always keep these concerns in​ mind and perform any necessary appraisal with sensitivity without avoiding the​ need to​ provide full and frank feedback to​ their staff.
What is​ workplace bullying?
Sourced the​ from ACTUQ/QCCI/Qld Govt Dept of​ Workplace Health and Safety ,​ they claim that workplace bullying is​ the​ repeated less favourable treatment of​ a​ person by another or​ others in​ the​ workplace,​ which may be considered unreasonable and inappropriate workplace practice. it​ includes behaviour that intimidates,​ offends,​ degrades or​ humiliates a​ worker.
Bullies will use their status or​ power of​ position in​ a​ company or​ business to​ target both men and women with their bullying practices. Bullying behaviour can range from obvious verbal or​ physical assault to​ very subtle psychological abuse.
This behaviour would include
· Psychological harassment. mind games
· Excluding or​ isolating targeted employees.
· Assigning impossible tasks or​ jobs to​ targeted employees.
· Physical or​ verbal abuse.
· Inconvenience selected employees by deliberately changed work rosters and shifts.
· Yell and scream offensive language.
· Intimidation
· Undermine work performance deliberately by withholding vital job information.




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