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Find out what the EE Act means by 'unfair discrimination' so you can eliminate it

by , 19 August 2014
The Employment Equity Act (EE Act) talks about the need to eliminate unfair discrimination in the workplace.

But what exactly does the Act mean by 'unfair discrimination'?

Read on to find out so you can eliminate unfair discrimination in your workplace and comply with the Act.


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Here's what the EE Act means by 'unfair discrimination'
 

Experts behind the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service say in terms of the EE Act, unfair discrimination is when you unfairly discriminate, directly or indirectly against any employee on one or more of the following grounds:
 

  1. Age;

  2. Belief;

  3. Birth;

  4. Conscience;

  5. Colour;

  6. Culture;

  7. Disability;

  8. Ethnic or social origin;

  9. Family responsibility;

  10. Gender;

  11. HIV status;

  12. Political opinion;

  13. Pregnancy;

  14. Language;

  15. Marital status;

  16. Race;

  17. Religion;

  18. Sex; and

  19. Sexual orientation.

Note: Direct discrimination is when you discriminate against people, treat them differently and less favourably because of who they are.

Indirect discrimination on the other hand is when you apply factors or criteria which, although they may appear fair and reasonable at face value, actually unfairly exclude certain groups of applicants.

Now that you know what unfair discrimination is, let's find out how you must eliminate it.
 

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The EE Act requires you to do the following to eliminate unfair discrimination 
 

In this article, we explain that one area that's more prone to discrimination is your policies and practices.

You must check all your policies and practices to ensure you don't discriminate in the 19 areas mentioned above. For example, check your recruitment procedures, advertising and selection criteria, training and development practices etc.

There you have it: Now that you know what the EE Act means by 'unfair discrimination', take steps to eliminate it so you can comply with the Act.
 



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