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Discrimination Training in the Workplace

Workplace Discrimination Training

Though it may seem obvious to more progressive business owners and managers, many human resources executives are still trying to make the case for workplace discrimination training by reminding supervisors that a discriminatory workplace is very expensive. Organizations that do not provide workplace discrimination training are more likely to have employees who feel discriminated against.


When an employee feels discriminated against, that person is more likely to:

  • call in sick and take more unnecessary days off
  • be less productive while at work, either in fear of being discriminated against again, or, in retaliation for discriminatory activities against him or her
  • quit, adding to a high turnover rate and increasing costs relating to hiring and training, and
  • file a lawsuit against the company, resulting in lawyers' fees and settlement/judgment costs


All of the above actions cost organizations millions of dollars every year- money that could be better spent on employee bonuses, inventory, new equipment and multiple other more valuable causes.


However, a solid workplace discrimination training program can potentially solve the above problems. When employees receive workplace discrimination training, they are offered a path to take if they feel discriminated against. In addition, discrimination training sets clear parameters for what is and is not discrimination in the workplace.

In addition, according to the EEOC, employers who engage their employees in frequent workplace discrimination training are taking the best path to create a discrimination free workplace.


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