Avoiding Workplace Discrimination
outline of topics:
- frequency of workplace discrimination
General best practices to prevent discrimination and manage cases include:
- Hire fairly.
- Fire fairly.
- Take complaints seriously, promptly investigate all complaints and document actions.
- Implement and integrate a strict policy that makes employment discrimination of any type unacceptable in your workplace.
- Train your managers in the implementation of the anti-discrimination policy with the expectation that prevention is their responsibility.
- Mandatory employee training should address many of the same issues as the managers’ training relative to employment discrimination.
- Adopt a strong anti-harassment policy, provide employee training and vigorously follow the policy.
- Protect agains retaliation of complaints.
- Establish cultural expectations and norms.
 Related Best Practices
The author of this page is Terry Gardiner
Terry Gardiner is the founder and President of Silver Lining Seafoods and NorQuest Seafoods - a medium size Alaska seafood processing companies; and currently Board member of the Anvil Corporation, an employee owned company specializing in oil and gas engineering.
His co-operative experiences include member director of the Commercial Fishermen Co-operative association; creation of legislation for the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank; and advisor to the US Dept of Health and Social Services for the state Health CO-OPs.
Terry served ten years as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives -several legislative committee chairmanships, Speaker of the House, Chairman of the Alaska Criminal Code Commission and board member on various state and federal boards and commissions.
Terry authored the leadership book, "Six-Word Lessons to Build Effective Leaders: 100 Lessons to Equip Your People to Create Winning Organizations".