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Is origin discrimination happening at your workplace?

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2023 | Employment Discrimination

In today’s diverse workplaces, fostering an inclusive environment should be natural. It benefits the well-being of all employees and the company as a whole.

However, wrongful behavior often goes unnoticed in the form of origin discrimination. Origin discrimination occurs when someone receives unfair treatment based on their nationality. Recognizing the signs and addressing this issue helps ensure a workplace that promotes equality.

Signs of origin discrimination

Origin discrimination can manifest in various ways. Being aware of the signs is the first step toward addressing the problem. Offensive jokes and exclusionary behavior are all red flags. Be mindful of unequal opportunities for career advancement and unfair distribution of work.

Impact on employees

The consequences of origin discrimination extend beyond personal experiences. Employees subjected to discrimination may face heightened stress and reduced job satisfaction. This not only affects their overall well-being but also hampers their professional growth. A workplace culture that tolerates origin discrimination can also create a toxic atmosphere. The result can be an increased turnover and decreased morale among the entire workforce.

Reporting and addressing concerns

Encouraging employees to report instances of origin discrimination helps maintain a healthy workplace. Consider advocating for clear reporting measures to ensure that employees feel safe. Affected workers should have support when coming forward with their concerns. Employers should investigate reported incidents and take appropriate corrective action.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports the number of discrimination charges filed each year. There were 5,500 charges of national origin discrimination filed in 2022. This accounts for a not-insignificant 7.5% of all discrimination charges. It is clearly important to recognize this wrongful behavior when it happens.