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Questions tagged [discrimination]

Questions related to discrimination or rejection behavior, based on individual or cultural aspects, that may take place in the Workplace.

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Will doing a project in PHP make me a pariah? [closed]

I've got a small private project that basically consists of adding server logic to a bunch of static HTML pages. PHP looks like the best tool for the job because this is exactly what it was originally ...
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Manager pushing acting manager aside when she is about to go on maternity leave when the pregnancy is a secret

Asking for a friend, I will try my hardest so it doesn't appear as a "what choise to make" question, sorry about the long post but it is an interesting scenario: The setting is a highly political ...
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CEO ridiculed me with gay jokes and grabbed me and wouldn't let go - now getting pushed out of company [closed]

Background: I am a straight Asian male in my mid-twenties. In May, I would be celebrating my third year anniversary at my current company as a finance manager. In 2016 and 2017, I was the employee of ...
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How to deal with microaggressions from senior employees in a new workplace in London?

I came across the term 'microaggression' during the HR session of my current company's new recruit on-boarding, and I think I am facing this behaviour in my current team. I would like to know the best ...
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Giving feedback to someone without sounding prejudiced

I had this situation at work where a colleague (not my report, but junior to me by 5~10 years) was pushing people so strongly to work on a project that it caused a few of those people and their ...
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Is it discrimination to reject applicant based on personal views or belief? [closed]

If (based on firm owner's personal belief) in his own firm, between applicants, the company owner won't choose a specific person based on personal views/belief (about age, sex, religion, race, LGBT, ...
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Do I have the right to report 2 year old discrimination?

I live in Australia, almost 2 years ago one of my colleagues insulted my religion in the form of jokes a couple of times, once when we were at team lunch and the other when we were alone. I was new ...
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When hiring, should I discriminate against a group that is favored by others, for balance? [duplicate]

I live and work in Boston (software development industry). We have a large population of one religious minority and many managers hire predominantly coders from this same religion. (I know this from ...
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Can you discriminate on hiring due to another country's immigration policies? [closed]

Consider the following hypothetical scenario (the question applies to the UK but could be interesting more broadly). Someone applies for a job, part of which requires travel to the US. However the ...
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How would the following workplace behavior be perceived in the U.S.? [closed]

I once had a boss who promoted anyone, minority or not, whom he thought was "qualified." So far so good. But there was one period in the company's history, where there was a massive exodus of people. ...
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How are anti-discrimination laws practically enforced? [closed]

Are the various anti-discrimination laws that exist around the world only paper tigers or is there any way in which they can be enforced? Let's say a company doesn't want to hire "insert minority here"...
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Job advertisement does not match the job offered - case for discrimination? [closed]

I am female. A full time was job was recently advertised in writing within my organisation. I queried it with my line manager about whether it had to be full time and was told yes. I therefore did not ...
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Should I join a company if its reviews on glassdoor etc are not very good? [closed]

I am offered a job from the company as a web developer in UAE. I just went on to the glassdoor and read reviews, the majority of reviews were not very good and some were outrageous to an extent ...
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Inappropriate comment made by colleague outside of work

At an informal farewell for one of my colleagues, another colleague made a racist remark, perhaps under the influence of alcohol. This social function is not arranged by the company, hence its ...
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Is it discriminatory to put “bonus” video game skills in a job advertisement?

My employer (a small company) is hiring an IT person. The person hiring and writing the job ad loves SNES video games and grew up around that time. The job ad for the IT person has a section for "...
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Wrongful dismissal [closed]

I was wondering if you guys can help me out a bit. I feel like I have been wrongfully dismiss by my general manager. I had 5 days left off my probation and he decided to terminate me on Nov 9, 2018. ...
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Accused of racism for refusing to name room after foreign name that sounds like an offensive phrase

We recently moved into a new office building, and I was put in charge of coordinating a lot of the new office logistics. One of the things I needed to do was to come up with new names for our ...
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Job offer withdrawn due to parental leave

I applied as a software developer to a small to mid sized software company in Germany. Both my home and the company are in a relatively small town (~100k population) so there are not a lot, though ...
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Do our Employee conduct rules constitute Discrimination?

I work for a company that offers education and training services on a 1:1 basis. We pair an instructor with a customer for the duration of a training segment which could last for many months. Our ...
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eeoc complaint filed by coworker, hr wants to interview me, my rights/obligations? [closed]

TL;DR - coworker filed EEOC complaint against employer, HR equity officer/lawyer type wants to interview me, what are my legal obligations and legal rights? The long(er) version - Three of us that ...
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Employer hiring only non-smokers [closed]

This summer I started working in a small size company. It employs around 25 people. The owner of the company who is also my boss has a rule that he doesn't employ people who smoke. I'm a smoker. ...
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Dealing with HR harassing

My daughter works in Georgia, USA at a small company and is having some problems with the only HR person at her workplace. Apparently, this is how things have went down: daughter applied for a job ...
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Dyslexia in the Workplace as an adult and lost opportunities because of it

I work in the IT field and sometimes I make mistakes and mostly its due to my dyslexia. I spell names incorrectly, incorrectly categorize tickets in the system, accidentally click on buttons I ...
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Let go after revealing LGBT status, should I include this job on my resume? [duplicate]

I started working as an administrative assistant in Wisconsin through a staffing agency in March, and one morning in June (about 3 months in), I got a call from my agency coordinator and was told that ...
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Best approach to take when discriminated against on the job due to disabilities?

I have a hearing impairment, mild autism, and a few other impairments. NOTE: This is not a current situation, but one that I faced in the past. An advice for how to act if this were a current ...
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How should I handle offhand sexist “banter” in the workplace?

Our rather small company shares a slack channel with our larger parent company. Today I came in to work to find that one of the employees of the parent company had posted a "joke" about the upcoming ...
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What should I do about discriminatory notes on candidates' resumes made by my boss?

I work for a small mechanical engineering company's IT department, which currently consists of my boss and me. I like my job as my boss gives me a lot of freedom and autonomy and I get to do a lot of ...
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How to address a transgender coworker and accomodate their toilet needs?

I work with a group of developers in a company having about 1000 employees. A transgender person who identifies herself as a woman has joined our team. She gets upset when we use masculine pronouns ...
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Is it reasonable to ask how the company is to trans folks?

I'm soon to be a college grad, and starting to get job offers. I'm transgender and will be transitioning when I start working. This transition will be obvious. My body and appearance will become ...
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What to do if your candidature is being rejected on the basis of ethnicity, religion, color in an interview? [closed]

What to do if your candidature is being rejected on the basis of ethnicity, religion, color in an interview? If you know your interview went well still you get rejected by an interviewer and reason ...
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Equal Wage Laws vs Performance Related Pay [closed]

As some people may already know, all UK companies with over 250 employees have to report on the gender pay gap at their companies. It is illegal to pay someone less than another person for the same ...
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Dealing with manager in a highly political environment [closed]

I have recently joined a public funded research organisation. After joining I realised that there is no software practices to follow, no code reviews and no CI/CD. The only reason for this situation ...
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EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) information - voluntary?

I got from a US employer an "EEOC information" form to fill, after getting an offer letter. Questions on the form are: race highest academic degree gender disabled veteran (I assume US military) ...
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Unjustified Internet Restrictions at New Job [closed]

A couple of weeks ago, I lost internet connection at the end of a monday, on my workstation. Next day, the connection was not back, so I had to contact helpdesk. They brought the connection back, ...
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Boss educates everyone except me?

I've got a good relationship with my manager and the boss (owner) of the company really loves me and he's told me on numerous occasions how invaluable I am. My job is stressful, demanding, but I'm ...
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Should you ever correct anyone, when it actually matters? [duplicate]

Should you ever correct other people when they make significant mistakes in an enviroment without customers (ie. relevants amounts of time would be wasted or whole projects fail)? If you have to do ...
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Dealing with age when applying for jobs

I am 17 years old and will be graduating from university this academic year with a bachelor's degree in computer science, and I am applying to a variety of software engineering jobs. I am fairly ...
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Should I mention my name change in my resume, when it would expose me as Transgender?

I am transgender. I legally changed my name a couple of years ago. I'm worried prospective employers might try to verify my older experience when I was using my old name, and conclude that I'm lying ...
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Not feeling respected in the workplace and that a double-standard is being applied [closed]

A colleague and I have been discussing this recently, so I'm asking to get 3rd party advice more than I personally could get. She has been recently promoted to supervisor going from a senior analyst ...
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Is it an ethics/discrimination issue to not support a persons request outside of my responsibilities

Recently I was asked by a colleague to plug-in the water bottle to the water dispenser, which requires muscle power I have and they do not. This person didn't say "Please", "Could you", "Can you give ...
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What are my option to deal with discrimination on mental health issues during the hiring stage?

I was offered a conditional offer letter, which means that I need to clear all the areas of a background check in order to get the job. However, I did not and after ordering a copy of my background ...
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How do I respond to management ignoring offensive and/or highly inappropriate clothing?

I work for a big company. Recently our Indian co-workers visited our HQ in Germany (the location is important for the story). One of them decided to wear Hitler merchandise to work one day. It was ...
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How to deal with offensive jokes from our client's project manager?

I work for a government contractor as a third party independent contractor for about a month now. I directly report to and take orders from the government employee that I interviewed with before ...
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Work from home policy canceled for “fairness”, yet two senior level managers work 100% remotely. Discriminatory benefits? [closed]

Our company enables online education (irony) and has about 100+ employees. After alleged abuse of the work from home (WFH) "policy" (since there was no real policy aside from your manager being ok ...
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Accidentally used a slur in a email to management - How to best recover

I work in the IT Security profession as an IT auditor. In communicating to senior management via a late - day email about open findings soon to be due for a response, I accidentally wrote "N-----" ...
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Is there any legal protection for widowed mothers?

I am a widowed mother of two girls (an 8 year old and a 14 month old), working at a hospital. I have been at this job for about 8 months. My baby has been sick a few times, therefore I've had to ...
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How to approach a company owner on the treatment of employees based on their status? [closed]

I work as a freelancer at a company in India where I was once an employee and have noticed the owner is (like many Indians), the kind of person who feels the need to distinguish between people based ...
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How can I avoid discrimination against me without invoking my protected class status

The crux of the dilemma is that I am white and male. I also have disabilities. I have several disabilities due to neonatal hypoxia which caused some damage to the neuro-motor sections of my brain, ...
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Conflict between one employee's claim of religious freedom and another's sexual orientation

I am the new manager of a sub-team of 6 employees within a larger team of 65 employees. We work for a large Fortune 50 company in the US. One of my employees, "Helen", was previously refusing to work ...
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Should I disclose a 'learning disability' (dyslexia) to my employer?

I'm a CS undergrad. As undergrads are prone to do, I worked an internship at a tech company last summer. They seemed to like me, so I got a return offer. I'm back this summer, but the company's ...