The benefits of a discrimination-free workplace
The Alberta Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on the protected grounds of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, source of income and sexual orientation. (You can read more about the protected grounds.) Employers are responsible for ensuring that all employees are free from harassment and discrimination based on the grounds in the AHR Act. Employers are required to take prompt action once they are informed of alleged acts of discrimination. It is in the best interest of both the employer and the employee that all complaints of discrimination are handled quickly and efficiently. When acts of discrimination are ignored, it causes low employee morale, high stress, damaged professional reputations, absenteeism and dissatisfied employees and clients. In addition, if a complaint is made to the Alberta Human Rights Commission and is found to have merit by a human rights tribunal, an employer may be ordered to take various steps including paying monetary costs for pain and suffering, lost wages, and legal and other fees. It is in the employer's best interest to create a work environment that discourages discrimination and encourages employees to treat each other with respect. There are many benefits to employers for creating a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. The benefits include:
- a harmonious work environment
- increased productivity
- reduced absenteeism
- decreased turnover
- an environment of trust
- collaboration and cooperation between employees
- increased employee and customer/client satisfaction
For more information see:
The business case for human rights
Diversity Leadership Award
Revised: December 16, 2009
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