Only another race of people can racially discriminate against another race? For example, a Caucasian employee discriminates against an Asian employee. Right? Nope—not true! According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), discrimination can occur when the victim and the person who inflicted the discrimination are the same race or color. https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/race_color.cfm
In a time when there is so much noise about racial discrimination. It’s important to be aware of racial discrimination and report it when appropriate. The EEOC shares guidance on its website about discrimination when an applicant or employee is treated unfavorably because of their race or personal characteristics, such as skin color, hair texture, or facial features. https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/race_color.cfm
In a former Human Resources (HR) job, I remember another HR female; I will call Claudia telling me to be careful and not mistreat another Hispanic HR employee. Claudia said that we could all face charges of racial discrimination. What disturbed me was that Claudia would single out another person of a different race. Even more disturbing is why we aren’t all civilly treating each other with respect— regardless of our different races?
I would notice a trend of experiences while working in HR, in which I was told watch out for certain employees, they will pull the “race card,” and will report anyone who upsets them if they are another race. To me, it felt like the person who made these kinds of remarks were trying to profile racial discrimination. Everyone deserves to work in a safe and respectful work environment. If someone comes forth and claims they are experiencing racial discrimination—it’s the person’s right to claim alleged charges.
An investigation of alleged discrimination charges helps a company to understand the culture and dynamics of their employees. The company or agency leaders need to be aware of bullying and discrimination matters in their workplace. Ultimately, the head of a company or agency may be held liable for discrimination that could have been appropriately addressed, according to the EEOC. If there is substantiated racial discrimination, the perpetrator should be held accountable. The bottom line for an employer is the outcomes and profits.
Employees generally produce better results when they are treated with respect in the workplace. Civility and tolerance go hand-in-hand in the workplace. For more articles on workplace employee/employer issues, check out: https://goodmenproject.com/author/consultwithdawngmail-com
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