Re­sist the Urge for Good, Ol’ Fash­ioned Eth­nic Jokes at Work­place

The HR Digest - - Hr Drift -

Even though you hap­pen to have no dis­re­spect to­wards a specific eth­nic­ity or you do not pro­mote racism, you’re ad­vised to re­sist the urge to make fun of your fel­low em­ploy­ees based on their na­tion­al­ity. Crack­ing jokes and throw­ing in­sults based on eth­nic­ity in the work­place can get you slapped with a hefty, class-action em­ploy­ment dis­crim­i­na­tion law­suit.

Ac­cord­ing to a law­suit filed by the EEOC in the fed­eral court, Michael Jagodzin­ski, a mine fore­man work­ing in West Vir­ginia at Rhino En­ergy, was treated with deroga­tory in­sults dur­ing his course of em­ploy­ment about his Pol­ish na­tion­al­ity. On the other hand, Ore­gon-based True Form Col­li­sion Re­pair’s for­mer em­ployee filed a sim­i­lar law­suit, which claimed that he had been ha­rassed at his work­place due to his Rus­sian her­itage.

These two in­stances paint the per­fect ex­am­ples of how in­no­cent teas­ing may end up with some­thing so ex­pen­sive. You have no rights to dis­crim­i­nate any em­ployee based on their ra­cial ep­i­thets or na­tional ori­gin. Em­ploy­ers need to con­stantly en­force their poli­cies, which pro­hibits such con­duct and in the case of any al­le­ga­tions, they should take an im­me­di­ate action start­ing with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore an ex­pen­sive law­suit en­ters the way. In the eyes of the law, there is no dif­fer­ence, de­spite the na­tion­al­ity and race, ev­ery­one will be treated equally.

Your work­force should be trained not to con­duct and tol­er­ate such be­hav­ior at the work­place. In case, if such cases oc­cur, su­per­vi­sors must re­port the events to the HR Depart­ment. Work­place poli­cies should be clear and com­pre­hen­sive, pro­hibit­ing all ac­tions, which takes aim at in­di­vid­u­als due to eth­nic­ity or na­tional ori­gin. So, crack­ing a good, Ol’ Pol­ish joke will no longer be served as a medium for fun at work­place.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.