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Learn to make unbiased, job-related employment decisions and avoid discrimination in the workplace.

8 minutes   |   SKU: ABCKEE    |    Language(s): EN / ES    |    Produced 2019








8 minutes

Training Objectives

Understand the importance of job-related employment decisions
Identify and eliminate personal biases in the workplace
Learn to frame job-related questions correctly
Recognize discriminatory practices in performance appraisals
Ensure legal compliance in hiring and promotion processes
Promote a fair and inclusive work environment

Course Overview

One of the most effective ways to avoid discrimination as a supervisor is to make every employment decision based on job-specific factors only. Decisions should never be influenced by race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, disability, religion, national origin, military status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. Managers and supervisors must ensure that their biases do not affect their actions, keeping employment actions free from discrimination.

Supervisors should also be mindful of their language, ensuring that questions and comments are job-related and do not imply bias. For example, asking about an employee's religious dress, pregnancy complications, or strength based on gender can lead to discrimination claims. Instead, supervisors should frame their questions around job requirements and qualifications to avoid any potential bias. This approach not only ensures legal compliance but also fosters a fair and inclusive workplace.

Job interviews are particularly sensitive, and supervisors must be cautious to ask only job-related questions. Questions about availability for weekend work or the ability to lift certain weights are acceptable, while inquiries about religious beliefs, age, or family plans are not. By focusing on job-specific criteria, supervisors can make fair hiring decisions and avoid any appearance of bias, thus promoting a diverse and equitable work environment.

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What should every employment decision be based on?

Every employment decision should be based on job-specific factors only and never on protected characteristics like race, gender, age, etc.

Why is it important to keep biases out of employment decisions?

Biases can lead to discriminatory practices, which are not only unfair but also illegal. Keeping biases out ensures fairness and compliance with the law.

How can a supervisor ensure their questions during an interview are job-related?

Supervisors can ensure their questions are job-related by focusing on the requirements and responsibilities of the job rather than personal characteristics or beliefs.

Give an example of a biased question that could lead to discrimination.

An example of a biased question is, "Do you plan on having more children?" This is not job-related and implies that childbearing will affect hiring decisions.

What is the consequence of asking non-job-related questions in interviews?

Asking non-job-related questions can lead to discrimination claims and legal consequences, as well as undermine the fairness of the hiring process.

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