Monday, July 25, 2016

Employers and employees must know their rights

by Azizi Ahmed
Originally published: July 23, 2016

EVERY workplace consists of people from different cultural, religious or social backgrounds. These differences may give rise to discrimination, regardless of the laws and regulations that prevent it from happening. Discrimination in the workplace occurs in different forms, based on characteristics such as age, gender, race, marital status or ethnic background. 

Discrimination is prejudicial treatment towards a person because of a group they are a part of. Recognising the types of workplace discrimination will enable one to identify discrimination.

Discrimination based on race or country of origin usually occurs in the form of harassment at the workplace, while sex-based discrimination takes on many forms at work. Sexual harassment is one of the most obvious forms and may include unwanted sexual advances, propositions or crude remarks towards an employee.