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

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Can my boss pretend to be me to access work computer and private messages? [closed]

I’m new here! This is related to UK ICO/Employment Law. I am office based. A complaint was made by a colleague in another department about their team mate (they suspected that our work msg service (...
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My company is only offering training to people who are not white males due to diversity push. They have openly told us this

A throw away account so not to cause myself a problem at work (shame I even have to do this). I am from the UK. I'm wondering if someone can help offer some clarity, is only offering training to ...
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How to deal with inappropriate subjects in conversation with Director

I am currently a United States expatriate living and working in South Korea at a South Korean company. I am a white male and I speak Korean. I joined this company ~6 months ago, and this is my first ...
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Remote technical interviews: how to whiteboard without the actual whiteboard?

Thinking back to some of my best interviews - both how I performed as a candidate, an interviewer, or the individuals involved on both sides - I always find the white-board process as a central piece ...
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I have been invited to join a diversity team: What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Due to the fact that I have several disabilities (autism, hearing impairment, Learning disability, stroke survivor with long term effects), I have been asked to join a diversity team, focusing on ...
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Why can other people work abroad but my partner can't - is this discrimination?

My partner is really going through it at the moment... she works in the UK at a tech startup going through some fairly aggressive acquisition management changes, which are having affects on morale. ...
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Stuck at a top company that discriminates arbitrarily

I work for a big corporation that is one of the best in the business. I joined with a bunch of many other fresh graduates, at an offshore location. After joining, I found out that the firm had hired ...
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Management wants to promote wrong employee [closed]

I am leading a team of 7 in which 6 are men and one a woman. Finance and upper management teams have approved 1 promotion in my team. It is a difficult task to pick 1 out of 3 long-timers plus ...
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Software developers/engineers aged out? [closed]

A number of colleagues, and myself, were shown the door from Wall Street firms at around age 55. It has already been observed that the average age of a software developer according to Stack is about ...
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Servicing customers with disagreeable content [closed]

Our company recently accepted a contract to work with a US-based religious institution that is known for its conservative stance. For example, one of their tenets is that homosexuality is a sin. I ...
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I think I am being perceived as too junior in job interviews despite my experience. What can I do to prevent this?

I had an interview for a job where I had 2 years extra experience than they were asking for and a higher level qualification than what they asked. The feedback was that I seem very intelligent, ...
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(When) should you step in to defend a minority?

Top management at my company has decided to set up workshops to think about the future of the company, mixing together executives, low-level management (such as myself), shop-floor workers and "...
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How do I raise the issue of potential salary discrimination with my supervisor?

I am an Operations Manager for a small non-profit in Washington DC. Outside of the president, we have 5 employees. During the hiring process in late 2019, I attempted to negotiate an increase in ...
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Excluded from company award - maternity leave

My company gave yearly awards recently. I learned that my whole team got one for "great customer implementations". I'm on maternity leave which started in October but I did the same job as ...
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Might lose job and have no income due to insulting my coworker

I was one of the first people to join an online meeting with coworkers today. Usually, most attendees are up to 10 minutes later before the actual meeting gets started. One of my senior colleagues, ...
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Alienated by team manager

I currently am going through bad situation. Our manager was laid off and replaced by other manager which is way younger than previous one somewhere around mid 20s. Problem is that I often get ...
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How can I persuade my company's owner to change incoming resumes' names to neutral names to avoid unconsciously choosing the "better" names?

I would like to convince my company to neutralize resumes as soon as they receive them in order to prevent subconscious biases in the recruiter and others who only see the resume. Names on all ...
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Recruitment agencies not giving a fair chance to applicants

I have recently applied for a few jobs through recruitment agencies and i was left a little unimpressed with how they handled my applications In one case the job was advertised with a note "recent ...
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Manager blocking employee to rise and succeed

My boyfriend is working in a big tech company in the US. Once he joined and showed some good success and very fast contributions, his manager got a bit scared and started to contain him and making him ...
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Being reassigned from remote work back to the office to cover for someone who has concerns re corona virus

The entire office is being assigned to remote work at home which is what I did. But now I have to do a different job at the office. Only two of us have to. Is it legal for my federal employer to ...
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Biased manager in IT industry [closed]

My boyfriend who works in a US IT industry has a manager who is very biased towards certain country. He gangs up with them and gives them higher merit increase (he asked his colleague and he said the ...
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How to write a CV without any information an employer could discriminate against

I found a couple of questions dealing with the issue of not disclosing ones gender on your resume, but I'd like some information on how to write your resume so that it won't contain any information ...
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Are we wrong in feeling alienated by gender-specific clubs organizing company-wide events? [closed]

The company I work for recently sent out a company-wide invitation for an annual, upcoming STEM Day which includes workshops, prizes, speakers, and more - all around the theme of STEM (science, ...
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Do I have to use my legal name on my CV?

Name discrimination in job applications is rife in certain countries (The United Kingdom, France and Germany to name a few). As an applicant, can I change my name to a "native" one on my CV in order ...
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Being denied a promotion for personal reasons

The title is not great, but it was the best I could do. Also this will sound like a lie, but I am actually asking for a friend. :) Let's say that someone has a line manager that doesn't like him. ...
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Discrimination and differences of treatment

I belong to a team where some of the members are expats. Recently, one of the members made the request to work from his own country appealing that if the request was not accepted, he will resign. I'm ...
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How do I respectfully address new company initiative I disagree with?

I have been working at my company for about two years now. We are very diverse in all departments and have been very welcoming to all - several of my coworkers who are female / minority / etc. have ...
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How to ask employee with obscene sounding name to adopt "professional alias" [duplicate]

Is it possible for an individual, in the US, to get a "second name" or professional alias? In short, we have a sales engineer who immigrated to the US (on a 5 year visa while we work with him to help ...
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Can UK employer ask non-UK candidate about their marital status?

The company in question employs some people outside UK, I overheard a conversation with a manager and external staff where manager asked, maybe jokingly, to investigate potential staff's marital ...
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Did my colleague use a racial slur, or is this use of the word acceptable?

I heard a conversation near me at work where a manager told her colleague that one of the female colleagues have chinky eyes. The manager, the colleague and the female colleague are all not Asian. I ...
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I was reported to HR as being a satan worshiper

I'm not a satanist. I recently bought a phone case with the anti-possession star from the TV show Supernatural printed on it. It's a personal phone, but it's on my desk all day so I can see if I get a ...
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I was dismissed as a candidate for an abroad company after disclosing my disability

I live in Lebanon, A company abroad reached for me and offered a relocation visa to New Zeeland, I was so happy, to avoid surprises I disclosed that I have cerebral palsy, but that doesn't affect my ...
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Are children a reason to be rejected for a job?

After working for 5 years in an industrial environment I want to change to Academia. My CV matches the positions where I applied so far pretty well, but until now I have only received rejections. I ...
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Employees treated differently when asking for unpaid vacation

A colleague asked her manager for unpaid vacation for 6 months due to personal reasons (moving to another city/country). The manager and HR by extensions refused this although they allowed many ...
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Superior expressed xenophobic views when asking my opinion on applicants

The company I am working for (in IT) has recently published job openings in the area I am working in. My superior asked me, among other colleagues, to support him evaluating the applications, as we do ...
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Dealing with possible age discrimination in hiring

Today I overheard a conversation between a department head and a subordinate about a phone screen the subordinate had just performed. It was clear that the candidate had been rejected, for no other ...
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Problematic employee that can't be fired

I've recently been placed in charge of a software engineer who is considered a "problem" employee for a couple of reasons. The employee is not a capable people person. I believe he has a minor case of ...
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I was not told that I am on probation

I’m working for about 6 months now! I feel that I am discriminated in my work place but I cannot prove it. This is my first full time job and I never claimed that I am superexpwrienced but so far I ...
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Combating age discrimination as a 17 year old [closed]

Recently I've been getting a serious jump on my professional career now having worked at a Fortune 50 company last summer and currently working for a company which IPO'd a month ago. I've recently ...
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How to deal with a manager who frequently makes subtle, racist remarks about my religion and ethnic origin?

I'm muslim, brown, middle eastern, and no my name isn't actually Joe as my username suggests. My manager makes interesting comments. He normally intends these comments as something humourous but ...
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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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