- Matt Scott
- Monday, January 20th, 2020
Unfair treatment of employees in the workplace is discriminatory. It can lead to them feeling ashamed, upset or even scared. The morale of employees goes down. Unfair treatment drains employees of their energies and motivation.
This eventually affects the levels of productivity of employees who are being unfairly treated.
Unfair treatment is the illegal treatment of an employee in an unfair and unethical manner which includes harassment. This happens due to one’s protected characteristics such as age, disability, race, gender reassignment, sex, maternity and pregnancy, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
Both employers and fellow employees can treat one unfairly due to these characteristics.
Unfair treatment happens all across cadres of employment. It happens from the top to bottom of the chain of command. Executives can also be involved in the unfair treatment of employees.
Spreading rumours within the workplace is a form of unfair treatment. So is overlooking one’s promotion for no objective reason. Making offensive comments about an employee is also construed as unfair treatment.
Menial tasks and unfair criticism within the workplace that make an employee’s life difficult is discriminatory. Dismissal, transfer or demotion with no fair disciplinary procedure infers to unfair treatment.
Unfair treatment in the workplace can also occur due to illness. An employee may suffer from a mental health condition or disability. Steps should be taken to create a conducive environment for such an employee so as to help make his or her job easier.
Unfair treatment in the workplace can also involve employment terms and conditions and trade union membership. Employees doing the same job need to have similar terms. Discrimination can occur when one has a fixed-term contract while another has a part-time or temporary contract.
Unfair treatment in the workplace is not good for results. It does not work in favour of a business. Employees should at all times be treated fairly and with respect.
Employers need to enforce measures to ensure that this is achieved. They should also abide by the law when it comes to the treatment of employees.
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