Workplace discrimination and harassment occur when a person is treated less favorably by another or others in the workplace regularly, which is considered an unjustified and unacceptable workplace practice. It includes actions that frighten, offend, demean or humiliate employees.
Unlawful discrimination, according to Australian federal and state legislation, occurs when a group of people, or individuals, are treated less favorably than any other person or group of people because of their ethnicity, race, color, sex, marital status, age, or disability, religion, sexual orientation, membership in a trade union, or any other characteristic specified under anti-discrimination legislation.
Discrimination and harassment in the workplace can take place in a variety of situations, including:
What Is Unlawful Harassment And How Is It Defined?
Unlawful harassment occurs when a person is humiliated because of their race or intimidated and insulted because of their color, ethnicity, or any other designated trait under anti-discrimination or human rights legislation, according to Australian state and federal legislation.
Workplace harassment can include behavior such as:
The Characteristics Of Harassment And/OrDiscrimination
No matter how terrible an incident is, whether it is a one-time occurrence or a long-term pattern, it will be classified as harassment or discrimination. If left unchecked, ongoing harassment will degrade an individual’s or a group’s motivation and aptitude, eventually affecting their overall work performance.
The absence of any official or informal complaints, however, is not always indicative of the absence of harassment or discrimination. In many cases, the person or group harassed or discriminated against does not report or protest about the occurrence because they fear being labeled as wingers or think the issue is too minor. The victim of workplace harassment or discrimination, in most situations, lacks confidence in their abilities and is afraid of retaliation or, worse, dismissal.
Working in an Unfriendly Environment
As an employer, you must be aware of your responsibilities in ensuring that the workplace is free of a culture of sexual or racial harassment. Both are considered HOSTILE. The display of nude or pornographic material, profanity, and crass comments, as well as racially or sex-specific jokes, are all examples of potentially hostile working environments.
What Doesn’t Qualify As Harassment And Discrimination?
However, it is important to understand that comments and suggestions made by supervisors, coworkers, and managers on an individual’s or group’s work performance or work-related behavior are not the same as workplace harassment or discrimination.
Feedback is given at regular performance appraisals and work performance meetings arealways stressful, and it can have a negative impact on the person or group being reviewed. Managers and supervisors, on the other hand, should keep these concerns in mind at all times and conduct any essential appraisals with tact, without obviating the necessity to deliver complete and honest feedback to their employees.
What Exactly Is Bullying In The Workplace?
According to the ACTUQ/QCCI/QldGovernment Dept of Workplace Health and Safety, workplace bullying is a problem in Queensland “the treatment of a person in the working by another or others on a regular basis, which could be deemed an unreasonable and improper workplace practice. It refers to conduct that intimidates, offends, degrades, or humiliates a worker.”
Bullies will target both men and women with their bullying tactics, based on their standing or authority in a corporation or industry. Bullying can take many forms, ranging from overt verbal or physical violence to subtle psychological abuse.
This type of behavior might include: