Essay on Discrimination in the Labour Force

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Since the end of World War two, Canada has experienced a boom in immigrant arrivals throughout the years. As the Canadian society did not experience the arrival of so many immigrants before, part of the population generated tensions, stereotypes and prejudices towards visible minorities. More recently, these attitudes towards new comers have reached the workforce, creating inequalities regarding the immigrants, by the dominant group. This essay will be examining racism and discrimination in the work force by looking at the causes, the consequences and the life experiences of those who suffer from this issue in today’s Canadian society. To better understand this problem, discrimination in the workforce, can be defined as actual actions …show more content…
In addition, racism is also part of the process of discrimination at work, which involves judge or degrade another person based on their color of skin, culture and the belief that one race is superior to another (Satzewich & Liodakis, 2010, p.181). When facing this kind of discrimination at work, it can build barriers between the employer and the employee, even though there are severe laws in Canada against racism, it stills happens. In Canada for example, as Mensah (2002) argues that racism faced by black people at work can ultimately profit the dominant group. For example, companies can profit from inexpensive work that does the less desirable jobs in society. With this example, it can be seen that racism has a large influence when it comes to discrimination in the workplace. While these three are the principal approaches of discrimination at work, there are also other forms of discrimination that can occur at work. For example, there can be discrimination because of the religion, social class, sexual orientation and disabilities that can influence the employer when hiring someone or in the workplace itself (Newman, 2012, p.230). For instance, 6.2% of visible minority men experienced religious discrimination and 17% race discrimination compared to 1.6% and 3.6% for non-visible minority men respectively (Statistics Canada, catalogue 89-503-X, 2013). These forms of discrimination are part of the causes of

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