DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE: KNOW YOUR WORTH

KNOWING YOUR WAY AROUND A COMPLAINTS PROTOCOL IS A SURE FIRE WAY TO ENSURE ANY STRESSES IN THE WORKPLACE GET SORTED ASAP – HOWEVER – UNDERSTANDING THAT EMPLOYERS CAN AND SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR MISTREATMENT OF YOU IS VITAL.

IF YOU’RE BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST FOR ANY OF THE PROTECTED CHARACTERISTICS KNOWN TO MOST COMPANIES (SUCH AS RACE, GENDER, SEXUALITY) – PLEASE REPORT IT.

WAGE GAPS CAN ALSO BE DEALT WITH IN THIS WAY – IF YOU KNOW ARE A WOMEN THAT KNOWS HER MALE COUNTERPART IS PAID MORE THAN YOU THEN RAISE THE ISSUE IN A COMPLAINT. YOU ARE ENTITLED TO KNOW WHY YOU ARE BEING PAID LESS FOR THE SAME JOB. TO AVOID THIS ISSUE HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD AIM TO NEGOTIATE PAY IN THE INTERVIEW/INDUCTION PROCESS – CHOOSE WHAT YOU EARN. MOST WOMEN DO NOT NEGOTIATE PAY AT ALL DUE TO SOCIETAL PRESSURE AND NOT WANTING TO CHALLENGE AUTHORITY, BUT IT’S CRUCIAL IN ORDER TO END GENDER PAY GAPS LONG TERM. DO YOUR RESEARCH ON THE JOB SECTOR, FIND A BENCHMARK FIGURE AND ASK FOR 20% MORE THAN THAT. MAKE IT CLEAR YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE WORTH – COMPETITIVE SALARY SHOULDN’T NOT MEAN WHATEVER THEY OFFER YOU FIRST.

IF YOUR LINE MANAGER SEEMS UNSYMPATHETIC OR YOUR DUTY MANAGER IS AN OLD WHITE DUDE; YOU ARE ALWAYS FREE TO CONTACT ANY MEMBER OF STAFF ABOUT YOUR ISSUE, NO MATTER HOW FAR UP THE CHAIN THEY ARE.

THAT BEING SAID, IF YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE OR UNABLE TO COMPLAIN TO YOUR OWN EMPLOYER, A SIMPLE ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE TO SEEK HELP FROM YOUR TRADE UNION. THEY WILL HELP DEAL WITH YOUR CLAIM AND POINT YOU TO FURTHER RESOURCES.

IF YOU ARE NOT A PART OF A UNION (PLEASE READ BELOW TO FIND OUT WHY YOU SHOULD BE!) THERE ARE STILL WAYS YOU CAN REPORT YOUR MISTREATMENT, INCLUDING SEEKING HELP FROM ACAS, AN ONLINE RESOURCE THAT STANDS FOR EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE IN THE WORKPLACE, AS WELL AS CITIZENS ADVICE WEB-PAGE WHO CAN LINK YOU TO SEVERAL HELPFUL FORMS.

OTHER RESOURCES INCLUDE:

GOV.UK EQUALITY GUIDES : THOROUGH EXPLANATIONS OF PROCEDURES TO LODGE COMPLAINTS AND GET THE SUPPORT YOU NEED

EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION : AN ACCESSIBLE SITE OF REGULARLY UPDATED GUIDES

STONEWALL CHARITY : UP TO DATE NEWS, SUPPORT, AND SOME AWESOME EVENTS!