The Different Forms of Discrimination and How to Handle Them
Discrimination has been a problem since the beginning of time. It is the act of treating someone differently because of their race, gender, or other characteristic. present-day discrimination is more sophisticated to handle as the perpetrators have evolved with time. They forward justifications that are near justifiable for their actions. In this essay, we will discuss racial and gender discrimination in the workplace and housing. We will also talk about how discrimination has evolved over time and what the justifications for it are. Finally, we will suggest ways to handle discrimination.
2. What is Discrimination?:
Discrimination is the act of treating someone differently because of their race, gender, or other characteristic. It can be subtle or overt, and it can occur in any area of life including the workplace, housing, and education.
There are two main types of discrimination:
-a.What is Job Discrimination?:
-i.According to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, job discrimination is when an employer hiring or promoting employees based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin rather than ability.
-iiExamples of job discrimination:
1.Racial discrimination- this type of discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee or job applicant differently because of their skin color or ethnicity. It can also happen when an employer sets different standards for employees of different races or ethnicities. For example, an employer may require African American applicants to have higher test scores than white applicants in order to be considered for a job.
2.Gender discrimination- this type of discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee or job applicant differently because of their gender. It can also happen when an employer sets different standards for employees of different genders. For example, an employer may require female applicants to have higher test scores than male applicants in order to be considered for a job.
3.Housing discrimination- this type occurs most often when landlords refuse to rent to people based on their race or ethnicity. It can also happen when landlords set different terms or conditions for tenants of different races or ethnicities. For example, a landlord may require African American tenants to pay a higher security deposit than white tenants.
3How has Discrimination Evolved?:
Over time, the face of discrimination has changed from being very blatant and easy to spot to being much more subtle and harder to detect…and prosecute! Let’s take a look at some examples:
-a family status: In the past, it was very common for employers to discriminate against employees with family responsibilities such as children at home. The assumption was that these employees would not be able to commit fully to their work because they would be distracted by their home life. This is no longer as common now that more mothers are working outside the home and fathers are taking on more parenting responsibilities. However, it is still possible for employers to discriminate against employees with family responsibilities by offering them less favorable work hours or denying them promotions based on the assumption that they will not be able to commit fully to their work schedule.
-sexual favors: In the past, it was not uncommon for employers to proposition female employees for sexual favors in exchange for job security or promotions. This is known as sexual harassment and it is illegal. However, it is still a problem in the workplace today. Employers may proposition female employees for sexual favors directly or they may create a hostile work environment by making lewd comments or displaying sexually explicit materials.
-archaic assumptions- women can’t act as heads of household: It wasn’t that long ago that the assumption was that women couldn’t possibly be the head of a household because they were too emotionally unstable and therefore unreliable. This assumption has been shown to be false time and time again, but it is still used as a reason to discriminate against women in the workforce. Employers may deny women promotions or equal pay based on this archaic assumption.
4What are the Justifications for Discrimination?:
There are a few different justifications that employers use for discriminating against employees or job applicants. The most common justification is that the person is not qualified for the job. For example, an employer may say that they did not hire an African American applicant because they did not have the necessary qualifications. Another common justification is that the person is not a good fit for the company. For example, an employer may say that they did not hire a woman because she would not be able to fit in with the company culture.
5How can we Handle Discrimination?:
discrimination is more sophisticated and harder to detect than ever before, but there are still ways to handle it.
-If you think you have been a victim of discrimination, the first step is to document everything. Keep track of any discriminatory comments that have been made, any actions that have been taken against you, and any witnesses who can corroborate your story. This will be helpful if you decide to file a complaint with your employer or take legal action.
-If you decide to file a complaint with your employer, make sure to do so in writing. This will create a paper trail that can be used as evidence if you decide to take further action.
-If you decide to take legal action, you will need to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the incident. The EEOC will investigate your claim and determine whether there is enough evidence to file a lawsuit.
Discrimination is a serious problem that has been around for centuries. It is important to be aware of the different forms that it can take and the justifications that employers may use for it. If you think you have been a victim of discrimination, there are steps that you can take to help remedy the situation.