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What should a workplace anti-discrimination policy include?

One of the best ways to prevent workplace discrimination in Florida businesses involves the setting up of an anti-discrimination policy. Having such a policy in place will allow employees to feel safe that -- even if they do become the victims of discrimination on the job -- they will be able to file a complaint without fear of reprisal, and that a plan of action exists for how to manage the complaint.

Every Florida workplace should have an anti-discrimination policy in place to limit the chances that employees could find themselves being discriminated against. There are several things that the anti-discrimination policy needs to include in this regard:

  • Clear and concise language that employees can understand easily without confusion.
  • Explicit and broad language stating that the company prohibits discrimination and harassment in all forms at the workplace.
  • Clearly defined descriptions about what constitutes harassment and discrimination. These descriptions should identify types of discrimination and harassment that are prohibited such as religious, sex, age, race, sexual preference, etc. Examples of instances of discrimination and harassment are very useful.
  • A description about what kinds of protections are offered outside the workplace. For example, the anti-discrimination policy should cover the employees, both in the workplace and at off-site meetings, sponsored events and holiday parties.
  • There should also be disciplinary provisions to punish employees that engage in discriminatory or harassing behaviors, and anti-retaliatory provisions to protect employees that file a report that they have been discriminated against.
  • Employees should be encouraged to make complaints and not to be afraid to make those complaints.

Do you need to take care of a workplace discrimination matter? Were you wrongfully terminated because you complained of workplace discrimination? A Florida employment law attorney can assist you in evaluating your legal rights and options.

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