Consequences of Workplace Discrimination

Showing bias for a particular employee can put your company in a bad light. In the first place, the workplace should be an epitome of equality and fairness to employees. According to the website of Slater Pugh, Ltd. LLP, when a company is accused of discrimination by a current or former employee, it can have serious repercussions. There are different kinds of discrimination that can happen in the workplace but just the same it can have serious repercussions.

Fines and Penalties

Litigation Expenses

  • If the court deems that an employer practiced discrimination, they would not only have to pay fines and penalties but also litigation expenses such as attorney’s fees, compensatory and punitive damages, administrative fees, and others. The employer would also be made to pay for the lost income or revenue of the plaintiff.

Poor Work Atmosphere

  • One of the biggest consequences of workplace discrimination is the poor working atmosphere it can create. The discriminatory practice of the employer will not only affect the victim but also other employees. It can result to a culture of suspicion, mistrust, hostility, and rivalry among the employees. This could also result to a low job satisfaction on the part of the employee.

Loss of Patronage

  • Allegations of discrimination can have a snowball effect on the customers as well. Clients who have some affinity with the plaintiff will have the tendency to avoid the company’s products and services.

Unemployment

  • Discriminatory practices of employers can contribute to unemployment rate if they choose to show bias towards certain individuals.

The negative impact of workplace discrimination on companies, individuals, and societies cannot be taken for granted.