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Warning! The EE Act says you can't discriminate against employees for these six reasons

by , 01 April 2014
You can't discriminate in the workplace. The Employment Equity (EE) Act prohibits it. And failure to comply with the Act could result in fines of up to R2.7 million. Continue reading to find out the six reasons you're not allowed to discriminate employees on so that you can be sure you're complying...

The EE Act prohibits discrimination based on these six reasons

#1: Birth: You can't refuse to hire a person based on how or where they were born.

#2: Beliefs: Your employees are entitled to have certain beliefs, as long as these don't interfere with their job.

Make employees aware that they're entitled to their beliefs and you'll respect that, but they mustn't spend their working hours promoting these.

#3: Conscience: Always specify exactly what your employee will be required to do when you recruit. For example, make sure your employee understands that serving alcohol or being armed is an inherent requirement of the job, says the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.

You must specify this in the job advertisement and stress it during the interview. You're your employee aware that serving alcohol is a condition of employment. By doing this, you'll avoid issues where an employee refuses to do certain jobs because of conscientious objections.

 

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14 Ways to Comply With Employment Equity

If you're a designated employer and fail to implement affirmative action and employment equity, you could be fined up to 10% of your annual turnover per incident.

But, it's easier than you think to comply with Employment Equity laws. The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf will give you specific details, advice, checklists and templates to make your job effortless.

Use this 14-point checklist to get started…

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Three more reasons you're not allowed to discriminate on

#4: Ethnic and social origin: You can't reject employees because you believe they belong to the 'wrong' tribe, or the 'wrong' caste, or the 'wrong' clan.

And you can't recruit employees based on if a person is from the 'right' or 'wrong' background. You must base it on his ability to do the job.

#5: Family responsibility: You can't discriminate against employees who have family responsibilities, for example, having important meetings after hours. This would discriminate against employees who have small children.

#6: Political opinion: You can't reject an employee because of his political opinion, unless his political affiliation would affect his ability to perform in a particular job.

There you have it. Never discriminate employees based on these six reasons if you want to avoid steep penalties in the Employment Equity (EE) Act.

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