Governmental laws and legal clauses have continually progressed and changed over time to more accurately represent and honor the individual rights of each worker and applicant in the workplace. Not only can employers get in legal trouble for workplace discrimination, but some serious financial trouble may also accompany any legal claims made about discrimination or unfairness. Employment practices liability insurance is a great way to give yourself an added buffer in the case that such a claim is filed against your company or hiring staff. While insurance is a great way to help protect yourself and your company in the future, there are awareness measures that should also be considered.
While some types of discrimination are more commonly known and accepted as “unethical” in the workplace, there may be some forms of discrimination you are not aware of. The following forms of employee discrimination can lead to some serious problems in the workplace if they are used to measure employees or potential employees against one another:
- Equal Pay Scale
- Skin Color
- Sexual Orientation
- Sexual Harassment
Some of these forms of discrimination may be more obvious than others. While each case can vary, and the level of discriminatory judgment can be hard to determine, being aware of the ways in which discrimination is measured can help you be aware of the kinds of behavior that lead to Employment practices liability claims, and how to avoid these claims in the first place.