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Discrimination in the workplace: Why you need to prevent gender based prejudice in your workplace

by , 24 March 2014
Gender discrimination or discrimination based on gender is unlawful. The South African Constitution and various labour laws strictly prohibit it. While this is the case, this form of discrimination is still prevalent in some companies. One of the reasons gender discrimination is so rife is because employers aren't aware of the negative effects it has on victims and the company. Read on to find out about the effects of gender discrimination in the workplace.

Failure to prevent gender based discrimination will have the following negative effects

#1: Lost productivity

According to Small Business Chron, victims of gender discrimination lose motivation and morale necessary to perform their jobs effectively.

The site explains that according to a report written by Jodi L. Jacobson of the World Watch Institute, gender bias also leads to a loss in productivity.

'Things that may lead to this loss of morale and motivation could include jokes about an employee's gender that imply inferiority, offensive jokes of a suggestive or sexual nature and jokes implying that an employee's work is sub-par due to his or her gender.'

#2: Increase in employee turnover

The site goes on to say that gender discrimination in the workplace also leads to an increase in employee turnover and creates a hostile work environment.

The reality is that employees will choose to resign if they're continually being discriminated based on their gender.
 

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#3: Destruction

Small Business Chron says those discriminated against may feel such strong resentment and loss of self worth that they resort to destruction as a way to get back at the discriminatory employer or coworkers.

'Destructiveness may manifest itself as physical violence against others, destruction of property or propagation of malicious rumors about people in the company and the company itself.'

The bottom line: Gender discrimination or discrimination based on gender is prohibited. Don't allow it to happen in your workplace. Not only will your business suffer because of it, but you could also end up in court. Don't take that risk.

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