Punishment: Contriving For Discrimination In The Workplace

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Striving for Equality
Today’s society is changing in so many ways it is almost impossible to keep up. It is the expectation that the general population be accepting of these changes regardless of personal opinion or belief. While this is not always the case, it is, however, a requirement of people in management and power to be accepting of differences unless they want to be subjected to punishment. Punishment can include termination and possible lawsuit. Despite this fact, discrimination still occurs in our workforce today.
Discrimination is defined as “the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people” (Merriam-Webster). In 1964, Congress passed a civil rights act that prohibited
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269). Despite these facts, recent studies show that the United States workforce is becoming diverse. A 2012 study showed people of color make up 36 percent of the workforce. As the U.S. becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, the proportion of people of color in the workforce will only increase. It is presumed that by 2050 there will no longer be a racial or ethnic majority in our country (Burns, 2012, p. 2). While discrimination includes so many more aspects, it is the responsibility of management to be educated on and aware of types of …show more content…
One way to experience discrimination is to allow oneself to be discriminated against. For example, right- versus left-handed individuals. One experiment has participants completely eliminating use of the dominant hand, in this case the right hand. From technology (i.e. mouse) to schools (pencil sharpeners), discrimination occurs in very small but noticeable ways when those who are discriminated against experience them. Having to switch dominant hands is very frustrating and almost discouraging. While some have learned to adapt to this discrimination, it may be difficult for others to do. Though this example is just a small, “simple” example of discrimination, it definitely sheds light on the fact that discrimination occurs. Some people have taken it a step further and lived a day in the life of a

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