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How To Respond To Discrimination In The Workplace

June 21, 2022
Cristina Pucci

Discrimination can lead to several issues in the workplace and requires a lot of consideration and a balanced perspective.

Knowing how to respond to discrimination in the workplace is important, but it mainly comes down to knowing your rights and any policies that have been put in place where you work.

You should never be afraid to speak up. So, let's take a look at the steps you can take.

What Is Discrimination?

Discrimination is a term that refers to the act of treating someone differently due to factors such as race, gender, or age.

There are many different ways that discrimination can manifest. It might be as blatant as being told a joke about your group or being denied a job opportunity because of your height.

It can also be more subtle, like an employer subtly discouraging you from applying for a position.

Regardless of how it manifests, any type of treatment or classification that is based solely on someone's membership in a certain group needs to be addressed.

Addressing Concerns About Inequality

There are many concerns about inequality in the workplace. One of the most pressing issues is the lack of diversity among employees. This can lead to a number of problems, including unfair treatment and discrimination.

Employers have a responsibility to prevent and address any concerns about inequality in their workplaces. This includes ensuring that all employees are treated fairly and without discrimination.

It can be difficult to recognise discrimination when it occurs, but employers and managers should be aware of the signs so that they can take action if necessary.

How to Respond To Discrimination In The Workplace

There are a few steps you can take to respond to discrimination:

Let Your Employer Know

If you experience discrimination in the workplace, it's important to tell your employer immediately. They need to be aware of the situation and should address it as soon as possible.

This type of behaviour should not be tolerated in the work environment, and employers have a legal obligation to prevent it from happening.

No employee should be discriminated against by their co-workers for any number of reasons, including race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Spread Awareness

It's important to confront discrimination when you see or experience it. One way to do this is by speaking up and spreading awareness. This will help create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone in the workplace.

Although your employer should be in charge of educating their employees about discrimination, you can also speak up if you hear or see something discriminatory.

Take Legal Action

If you have already tried talking with your employer, but the issue still hasn't been resolved, you may need to resort to taking legal action.

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits unlawful discrimination and makes it possible for victims to take legal action.

However, going to court can be an expensive, stressful, and long process. Furthermore, if you lose the case in court, you may have to pay the legal costs of the other party.

That is why you should speak to an adviser like the Citizens Advice Bureau first.


Discrimination in the workplace can be difficult to deal with, but there are steps you can take to respond effectively.

If you spreading awareness or talking to your employer does not solve your issue, contact an adviser for help.

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