Workplace discrimination is a serious offence and not only against the company policies, but is against the law and it can lead to legal complications. And surprisingly, slight apathy from the employer can lead to loss of the whole business altogether. So any complaint from the employee about gender discrimination or racism should not be ignored and has to be looked upon seriously.
Discrimination can be on the basis of race, caste, nationality, sex, disability, age and pregnancy. In order to foster the law, employee has to be made aware of the law against any such discrimination. And slight doubt about the same has to be dealt with carefully with the help of the HR. There is a proper law made on discrimination and harassment at the workplace by the state. So it’s evocative, that an employee should not bear the discrimination and harassment, but raise their voice against the same. And in order to do so, you have to strictly deal with it:
- Know the law: Ideally every organization makes its employees aware about all the laws and policies of the organization. So keep a note of all the laws and when you are feeling discriminated, you can always go back to your handbook and check the process of complaining about the same.
- Talk to the person politely: Just to reconfirm and to personally sort out the issue, try to talk to the person directly who is harassing you, after continued polite initiative from your end, that person does not change his behavior, its time you take the next step and complain your issue to the manager and the HR.
- Follow up: As already discussed, any complaint on discrimination should not be over ruled and for that you have to follow up continuously. Keep a track of the progress on your complaint whether it has been taken care of or has been ignored completely. If ignored completely, you can seek government help on the same.
- Hire a Lawyer or seek legal help: As discussed, if you do not get satisfactory help from the organization and after continued follow up, no action has been taken, you can always hire a lawyer and seek legal help from the government.
Having said that, a proper process has to be followed in this case because of the legal actions involved and any mistake from your end can wreck your career as well. So keep a note of all the incidents as and when it happens when you felt harassed and discriminated. When asked for furnish all the notes and narrate each and every incident. Also keep a track of when did you file a complaint to the HR department and how long it took for them to take the process further or have they taken the complaint seriously at all.
So all these things has to be kept a note of and then deal with the harassment and discrimination.
With the growing competition and opportunities available in the market, candidates have become smarter. While working in the recruitment industry, we come across lot of candidates and it’s difficult to differentiate who is fake and who is bonafide. And that is the reason that the companies have become extra cautious in selecting a candidate. Earlier the employer used to maintain a record of the candidate’s academics and employment documents, but no proper verification was done as such and that, in the long run wrecks the reputation of the company.
Having said that, a proper process is followed when it comes to background verification, which includes credential verification, previous employer verification, address check, some companies go for a thorough check which is quite time consuming, but in a way they get the best of the resources for their organization.
The pre-employment background verification process starts when the candidate submits all the required documents before joining the organization. Most of the companies these days hire third party vendors for background verification. They provide them with all the documents and then a detailed verification program is conducted, which is as follows:
- Education check: There are some of the blacklisted colleges which provide fake educational certificates and a fake degree. So every employer has a list of these colleges. SO first and foremost thing is to peruse the list and check whether the university is blacklisted and even if it’s not, they visit the college and do a detailed check on the candidates academic background. Only when they are satisfied, they go ahead with the next step.
- Previous employer verification: The next step would be to contact the previous employer/employers and check whether the candidate really worked there. How was his/her performance in the organization, what was the reason of quitting the job, how was the conduct in the organization with the colleagues and managers, so on and so forth. They have a check list of the questions to be asked to the employer and only if all the criteria’s are met, do they give thumbs up. Also, there are lot of companies which voluntarily provide fake certificates to the candidates. All they have to do is pay some amount and their details are added in the record. So they have to be very careful.
- Reference check: The best thing to make out if the candidate is genuine is through reference check. The candidates have to submit the name and number of the reporting managers. And then the employers get in touch with the managers and try to get the maximum information about the candidate. This is helpful to tackle the above case.
- Criminal history: This helps in checking the background of the candidate. Is there any criminal charge against them and what has been the overall background professionally and personally?
- Credit history: Yes, Some companies do go for a credit check to rule out any possibility of the candidate being a defaulter, which can sabotage the reputation of the organization.
- Gaps in employment: Whether any gaps in the employment and the reason for the same is also included in the process.
- Address and identity verification: Permanent and temporary address has to be taken to check whether the candidate is who he or she claims to be. Apart from that, the identity of the candidate also has to be checked thoroughly to see if the candidate is not involved in terrorist activity or money laundering or fraudulence. So the passport or Pan card has to be verified.
The process differs from company to company and place to place, but to rule out any complications in the near future, a proper verification has to be done which is good for the reputation of the company. Every employer has to be finicky when it comes to hiring the right and genuine candidate. A slight mistake from your end can wreck your image and you will lose on the deserving candidate.
It has been declared that all the major cities will have CCTV cameras installed to minimize the crime in the country, but what about small cities? Major felons come from these cities and major crimes are committed there. Who will have a check on those crimes?
The criminals should have a fear of the system, the police force and unless that fear is not there, criminals will roam freely in the cities in disguise. The recent incident of The ATM attack in Bangalore, there was a CCTV camera in the ATM and the culprit was clearly visible, but still it’s been over a month and the police could not reach and capture him. Though he was seen many a times post the incident in the CCTV cameras, but he is smarter than the whole police force I guess. Just wear a monkey cap and cover your face and wear gloves and you can commit innumerable crimes and you will not be caught. That is the mindset of the criminals and with the weak system they are getting smarter and powerful day by day.
What happened to the Nirbhaya case, the bus was going round and round in one place and the CCTV Cameras could see it, but no officials even got a slightest doubt about it and a poor soul was tortured to the core. Only after the felony, they got alert and started searching for the proof. So this shows how lax the police and the system is when it comes to crimes. And only when a higher official gets involved, they start the police enquiry. The news channels telecast the news for some time, they rant, they squeal and then they calm down. There has to be a way to thwart the crime in the city and that can be done only when we espouse for each other. The police force is run by the so called “politicians” and that is one reason no action is taken.
The cliché is that the police don’t do its work, but one also has to understand that the criminal can go to any extreme to commit a crime and still go untraceable. I would here again take an example of the ATM attack case. The Government has initiated a biggest manhunt to find this criminal and put him behind bars. They have spread around 2000 police force to peruse every lane, every house and every city in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. This is a great step taken and we appreciate their move, but all their hard work has gone down the drain and there is still no trace of the criminal so far. I wonder what the criminal is up to.
Having said that, we can’t sit back and suggest what is necessary and what is not necessary to curb the crime in the city. We have to stand united to fight against these crimes and bring the culprit behind the bars and bring justice to the victim.