Ethics of Workplace Discrimination Essay

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Workplace ethics are standards or codes that determines right and wrong moral behavior in the work environment. Discrimination is defined as “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.” (Oxford Dictionary) Workplace discrimination deals with issues such as religion, race, gender, disability, age, and sexual orientation. Covering all of these issues is beyond the scope of this paper, therefore, I will focus on age, gender, and race. Positive workplace ethics should be a part of every company. Employers are required by laws to ensure that employees are treated fairly in the workplace and not discriminated in the workplace.
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These perceived notions are sometimes related to the age and not the individual’s own ability. Therefore, they are forced to early retirement or reduced schedules. “Morally, it has been argued, the longer a worker remains with an employer, the greater the loyalty owed to that works by the employer. Under the law, however, the employers are not bound to any such commitment. Rather, the employment-at-will doctrine allows the employer to fire an employee regardless of the length of service without violating the law.” (Gregory 2001)
Sex discrimination occurs when someone is treated unfairly in the workplace because of gender. It can occur when it related to hiring, unfair pay based gender, unfair promotions and sexual harassment. ( John M. Grohol, Psy.D) Another form of sex discrimination is sexual harassment. The term “quid pro quo” harassment is when unfavorable action is taken when a supervisor makes advancement to an employee and the employee does not act on. (Crosby,et al, ( Wetchler)
Race discrimination occurs when a person is treated unfairly based on his/her race. The EEOC states, “Race discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because he/she is of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race (such as hair texture, skin color, or certain facial features). Color