Very few working environments are free from pressure and stress at all times. However, standard workplace stresses can often cross the line into unlawful activities.
Workplace discrimination is one example of such an activity. No employee should have to put up with discrimination in their place of employment. Facing discrimination may have a serious impact on both the physical and emotional well-being of workers. The notable consequences of workplace discrimination warrant further consideration.
Employees may feel unable to engage with co-workers
Communication is often a key factor in the productivity of a company. When workers have been subjected to harassment, they may feel unable to engage with co-workers, even those who have played no part in the discrimination. This may largely be due to diminishing confidence, which is frequently a direct result of workplace discrimination.
Victims of discrimination can face serious emotional issues
Emotional distress and anxiety are commonplace with victims of workplace discrimination. Frequently, workers become so upset that they question whether or not they were ever able to do their job in the first place.
In severe cases, employees may become so inflicted by anxiety that they need to seek out medical care. Both emotional and physical health issues are significant consequences of workplace discrimination.
Workers may need to take time off
At times, the emotional and physical symptoms of workplace harassment can be so serious that an employee needs to take time off. This often results in a vicious circle, as the employee will miss out on completing work, and return to a more highly pressured environment. Additionally, absent employees can significantly impact the daily operations and profitability of a business operation.
It is in the best interests of both employees and employers to address workplace discrimination, but victimized employees often have to take the lead. If you have been subjected to hostile treatment at work, then there may be legal options available to you.