Despite the day and age we are living in, discrimination in the workplace is still rampant. Discrimination in any form, and from any quarters in the workplace, impacts both the organization and the targeted employee. To the organization, discrimination can result in high turnover and costly lawsuits among other consequences. And to the discriminated employee, discrimination can result in low morale and reduced productivity.
Racial discrimination occurs when an employee, or a potential employee, is treated unfavorably due to their race or race-related features such as their hair, skin texture or other physical features. Here are two questions that can help you determine if you are a victim of racial discrimination at work.
Were you asked inappropriate questions during the interview process?
An interview is the first “one-on-one” interaction between a potential employer and a prospective candidate. During the interview process, both parties get to learn about each other and the role the candidate is seeking in the organization. Unfortunately, racial discrimination can happen during the hiring process. Any question that is directed at candidates of a particular race rather than all the applicants may be deemed discriminatory.
Are you earning less than your co-workers for the same role?
Employees who work in the same role, with the same qualifications and similar work experience deserve equal pay regardless of their gender, race or religion. Therefore, an employee who is paid less for a similar role on account of their race may be a victim of racial and wage discrimination. Of course, most employers try to discourage employees from discussing their wages with co-workers. However, it is worth noting that there is nothing illegal about comparing your income with co-workers in a similar role, especially if you are looking for evidence to prove your suspicion of discrimination based on your race.
Not many things are as devastating as being discriminated against at work based on your race. Knowing your rights and provisions in law can help you safeguard your interests should you be a victim of any form of discrimination at work.