How to Prevent Discrimination in the Workplace
So you’ve started a new business and you’re excited to hire some people
and get your company running! But you
realize that you personally don’t have a lot of HR experience, and you’re not
at the point where you can afford to hire a full time HR person- so what do you
do? Well you still need to follow the
law when it comes to hiring and firing so make sure that you aren’t making any
of these mistakes as they could result in a lawsuit:
- No discrimination based on religion- according to the law you may not give preferential treatment to one group of people over another based on their religion. That means you cannot decide that you want all of your employees to have the same faith based religious affiliations that you have. In order to do that, you would be excluding other groups of people based on their religion and that is illegal. Aim for a diverse work force comprised of people who can do a good job, and chances are that you will end up hiring people of many different religions.
- No discrimination based on race- it is also illegal to hire people (or not hire them) on the basis of their race or skin color. You should not be asking people in an interview what race or ethnicity they are, even if you’re just innocently curious, as this could be construed as racial profiling.
- No discrimination based on gender- it is federal law that employers cannot discriminate based on whether a person is male or female. This means that any job should be open to either a woman or man who is qualified to do that job. It also means that you cannot pay different amounts depending on if the person is male or female.