Anti-Discrimination Policies- Poorly Communicated

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<p><strong>Seattle &mdash; Jan. 22</strong><br />According to a recent study conducted by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), 43 percent of organizations reported they have faced Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) protected class harassment charges, discrimination charges or litigation at some point.</p><p> However, most organizations (82 percent) feel their current policies and the communication of those policies to employees provide adequate protection from litigation issues.<br /><br />The study also found that an overwhelming majority of organizations take an active anti-discrimination stance. According the study, 90 percent of companies have a formal anti-discrimination policy in place, and the vast majority (80 percent) rate anti-discrimination training as either somewhat or very important.<br /><br />”Discrimination policies are often well documented and comprehensive to serve as a buffer against litigation,” said Eric Davis, i4cp&#39;s analyst on Race Discrimination. “Shortcomings in the communication of these policies are where we see problems. Training of front-line managers is not reinforced with any frequency. There may also be difficulty in communicating policy to employees in geographically dispersed worksites, part-time employees, seasonal employees and outside contractors.”<br /><br />Overall, companies address a wide range of discrimination issues in their policies, ranging from race, gender and age to disabilities, pregnancy, sexual orientation and military service. When asked to rate the categories with regard to importance in the communication of their anti-discrimination policies, race was the top issue listed, with 93 percent of respondents rating it as either somewhat important or very important. <br /><br />Closely following are gender issues (88 percent), religion (85 percent), age (84 percent) and disabilities (82 percent). The most common discrimination complaints reported by companies revolved around the issues of race, sexual harassment, gender and age.<br /><br />The Anti-Discrimination Practitioner Pulse Survey was conducted by i4cp, in conjunction with HR.com in December 2007 and had 258 responding companies. <br /></p>

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