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Recognizing discrimination and understanding its impact

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2023 | Employment Law

Discrimination at work is common. It can appear in many ways and harm victims greatly. It’s vital to know what it looks like and how it can harm workers. This knowledge can help us understand why we need to stop it.

Different forms of discrimination

There are several forms of discrimination, including:

  • Age discrimination: This occurs when employers treat someone less favorably because they are 40 or older.
  • Sex discrimination: This involves unfair treatment based on someone’s sex or gender.
  • Racial discrimination: This happens when an employee faces mistreatment because of their race, color or nationality.
  • Disability discrimination: This is when an employer treats someone with a disability less favorably or denies reasonable accommodations.
  • Sexual orientation discrimination: This refers to treating someone differently based on their sexual orientation, such as being gay, lesbian or bisexual.
  • Gender identity discrimination: This form of discrimination involves treating individuals unfavorably due to their gender identity or transgender status. An example could be refusing to use an employee’s preferred pronouns.

Michigan laws also prohibit discrimination based on marital status, height or weight, and arrest record.

The impact of discrimination

The impact of workplace discrimination stretches far beyond professional consequences. Its effects seep into the personal, financial and health aspects of an individual’s life, creating a burden that can be difficult to bear.

  • Financial impact: Discrimination can hurt a person’s financial stability. It can lead to missed job opportunities, unequal pay, and even job loss. This can create a risky financial situation.
  • Professional impact: Professionally, discrimination can stunt career growth. Victims may be passed over for promotions or development opportunities or be excluded from important projects or discussions.
  • Personal and health impact: The personal and health impact of discrimination is profound. According to the American Psychological Association, discrimination can lead to increased stress, depression, and anxiety. It can also lead to physical health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease.

Remember, the effects of discrimination are far-reaching and severe. It’s crucial to notice and deal with discrimination at work to protect the health and rights of all workers.