Recent news headlines about Reeva Steenkamp's death and the rape, mutilation and murder of Anene Booysen show we need to take action against violence against women and children.
But you need to be careful of the way you word your views on sensitive topics or you could end up in court for discrimination.
Wouldn't that be ironic?
Take Minister of Women, Children and People with Disability Lulu Xingwana for example.
Meant to lead the way on issues of violence and discrimination in the workplace
, she now faces a complaint of discrimination
in the Equality Court
from Civil rights organisation Afri-Forum, reports IOL News
This comes after Xingwana remarked on an Australian news programme that 'young Afrikaner men and their Calvinistic faith' should be blamed for violence against women and children in South Africa.
That's discrimination on three accounts – race, faith and gender – all in one statement!
Watch for these 20 areas of discrimination in the workplace
These include race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, pregnancy, marital status, family responsibility, ethnic or social origin, colour, HIV status, conscience, belief, political opinion, culture, language, criminal record or birth.
That's why you need to make sure your employees are well aware of any sensitive topics
, in order to prevent any claims of discrimination in the workplace.
Take action now to prevent discrimination in the workplace
The easiest way to prevent discrimination in the workplace
is to make sure you've clearly explained the behaviours that count as discrimination
in your company's code of conduct
Then make sure each employee reads through the code of conduct to ensure everyone is up-to-date on the topic.
Handle a claim of unfair discrimination in the workplace correctly to avoid a fine from the Department of Labour and ending up in the Equality Court!
You should keep this file in your HR department, so it's easy to access if a Department of Labour inspector arrives on your doorstep to do an EE inspection.
Implement these strategies now to make sure you stay out of the Equality Court!