ADM 477 Anti-Discrimination Laws Essay Paper
ADM-477: Business Law
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A diverse workforce means that employers must navigate a complex maze of cultures and ethnicities. Employees may speak numerous languages, belong to different racial groups, and come from different cultures. Therefore, it is imperative that employers educate their workforce about discrimination and its many forms. Likewise, employers must ensure that their business practices are related to business necessities and are not being used for the purpose of discriminating against others. A prime example of business practices gone awry is the “English-only” workplace rule. “English-only” rules are put into place regularly to discourage non-native English-speaking workers from speaking their native language. If English is not germane to the employee’s job duty, then the employer cannot ban other languages from the workplace. If it does, the employer will be subject to a national origin discrimination claim.
Color and racial characteristic discrimination is another serious problem employers should be on the lookout for, because it is quite prevalent. In fact, individuals of the same race often discriminate against each other based on skin color and hair texture. Consider a scenario in which Hubert, an African-American manager, refuses to hire qualified female African-American job candidates because they are not “light skinned” and/or do not have “good hair.” Hubert is guilty of color and racial characteristic discrimination, plain and simple. As a hiring agent for his employer, he potentially has exposed the company to a discrimination lawsuit, as well.
Cultural differences are often a source of discrimination, especially for individuals with ethnic names, dress codes, or accents. For example, recruiters may be turned off by ethnic Native American names or refuse to hire individuals who “look” or “sound” Latino. Employers must discourage cultural discrimination actively, because it hinders diversity and is an obstacle to equal employment opportunity. Also note that lawsuits involving workplace discrimination are more likely to award high punitive damages where employers failed to properly train employees about discrimination and/or failed to promote workplace practices that discourage unlawful discrimination.
Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to:
Analyze the various employment, worker protection, and immigration laws.