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Two ways to achieve equity in your workplace

by , 28 November 2013
Every company has to comply with the Employment Equity Act (EEA). This means you must strive to achieve equity in your workplace. Failure to do this could result in a fine of up to R900 000. But, you can avoid non-compliance fines simply by using these two equity methods...

There are two things you must do to achieve equity in your workplace.

To achieve equity in your company:

  1. Don't discriminate (eliminate unfair discrimination in your company)
  2. Implement Affirmative Action (AA).

Here's a detailed look at how you must go about doing this.

Do these two things to achieve equity in your workplace

#1: Eliminate unfair discrimination in your company

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.

Here's how to avoid discrimination

Check all of your policies and practices to ensure you don't discriminate in these 19 areas. These policies and practices include:

  • Recruitment procedures, advertising and selection criteria;
  • Appointments, including the appointment process;
  • Job classification and grading;
  • Remuneration, employment benefits and terms and conditions of employment;
  • Job assignments;
  • Working environment and facilities;
  • Training and development;
  • Performance-evaluation systems;
  • Promotion;
  • Transfer;
  • Demotion;
  • Disciplinary measures short of dismissal; and
  • Dismissal.

#2: Implement Affirmative Action

While every company has to eliminate discrimination, only designated employers have to implement AA.

If you're a designated employer, put Affirmative Action measures in place to make sure designated groups are equally represented in your company.

Well there you have it. Using these two methods to achieve equity in your workplace will help ensure you avoid non-compliance fines.

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