How can we deal with employees that cry “discrimination” every time a policy violation is corrected?

The employees of the company need to be re-educated in exactly what “discrimination” is. It is not the fall-back defense for “my supervisor is being mean to me”. A short training class for all employees is a good way to handle this. Explain the company’s anti-discrimination policy and point out that there has been no discrimination that violates the company policy. Make sure that all employees (including supervisors) are aware of the anti-discrimination policy. Workers and supervisors should be in the same room for these meetings. When a manger or supervisor uniformly enforces the rules it is not discrimination.

The only illegal discrimination is discrimination based on the factors outlined in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Race, color, religion, country of origin, or sex, age, disabilities, pregnancy or genetic testing). Many forms of discrimination are perfectly legal. A supervisor can discriminate in favor of workers who do a good job or show up for work on time. A supervisor can discriminate in favor of a personal friend as long as the discrimination is not covered under the above conditions.


Hope that helps you out. =)


A note about HR laws:
Laws concerning employee treatment, benefits, hiring and firing…etc are multi-level. What this means is that there are Federal laws, state laws and sometimes local regulations that have jurisdiction over an employee. The information presented here should not be considered legal advice. Ultimately, employers with serious legal questions should consult local attorneys with expertise in worker relations.
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