According to Trusted Choice, over the last 20 years employee lawsuits have risen roughly 400%, with wrongful termination suits up more than 260%.
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION TRAINING & COACHING
Discrimination is not only morally wrong, it’s illegal. Especially in the workplace. Anti-discrimination law or non-discrimination law refers to legislation designed to prevent discrimination against particular groups of people; these groups are often referred to as protected groups or protected classes.
Violation of Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, (the law put into place to protect classes such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age and disability) means you could be hit with a hefty lawsuit doing damage to your bottom line and your brand reputation.
Developing an anti-discrimination policy isn’t just good PR, it’s smart business. Formalizing policies ensures that no one is denied their rights because of their race, gender, marital status, education level, religion, politics or anything else, therefore protecting your employees, customers and your organization.
Over the past decade, new labels have been formed to help identify the many different ways discrimination may rear its ugly head.
Ageism (discrimination against people based on age)
Sexism (discrimination against people based on sex)
Racism (discrimination against people based on race)
Anti-Semitism (discrimination against Jewish persons)
Classism (discrimination based on social class)
Homophobia (discrimination against homosexual persons)
Transphobia (discrimination against transgender persons)
Lookism (discrimination based on physical appearance)
Discrimination can be expensive. Penalties vary from one kind of discrimination to another, but in general civil penalties range from $50,000 for small businesses to $300,000 for those with 500 employees or more according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Million-dollar verdicts are not uncommon and are awarded in about 10% of cases. An effective anti-discrimination training and strategy program can help you implement consistent codes of conduct standards, development and customer service. It also raises employee morale by ensuring the workplace is fair and inclusive.