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Understanding Racial Discrimination in the Workplace

Racial discrimination has been an issue that has been existing since the colonial and slave era. The white people, considered as the most superior race that time, enjoyed exclusive privileges on the aspect of education, immigration, voting rights, citizenship, acquiring lands, and others. In the modern workplace, despite laws already in place, racial discrimination cases are hard to litigate. According to figures released by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there were 99,947 charges of employment discrimination in 2011. From that number, 35.4% or 45,395 charges were racial discrimination cases.

However, it is worth noting that only 1.2% of the racial discrimination complaints resulted to a financial reward to the claimant. Likewise, racial discrimination in the workplace is still rampant. According to a recent survey, the gap between white and black employees in the United States can be as high as 30%. In addition, a recent survey of more than 5,200 newly hired workers, black applicants were offered significantly less compensation than white applicants.

What is Racial Discrimination?

Racial discrimination happens when it bases its job decisions on race or when it implements neutral job policies that has a disproportionate effect on employees of a particular race. Three types of discrimination can exist in the workplace:

  • Disparate Treatment

In disparate treatment, an employee claims that they were treated differently than other employees who were in the same situation because of their race. When the employer promotes only white employees as supervisors or requires job seekers of a certain race to undergo drug tests or does not allow employees of certain races to deal with customers. Disparate treatment occurs when an employer discriminates the physical characteristics related to a particular race.

  • Disparate Impact

Disparate impact, on the other hand, happens when the employer adopts an apparently neutral policy that ironically has a negative effect on an employee of a certain race. Requiring male employees to be clean-shaven may have a negative effect on African American male employees as they may suffer from Pseudofolliculitis barbae (a painful skin condition resulting and aggravating from shaving).

  • Racial Harassment

Racial harassment takes place when the conduct of an employee is based on their co-worker’s race which could result to an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment that could hinder work performance. Examples of harassment include racial slurs, jokes about a certain race, and others. However, to qualify as harassment, the behavior must be unwelcome, sufficiently severe, or pervasive.

  • What Can Be Done To Prevent Racial Discrimination?

According to the website of Cary Kane LLP, racial discrimination is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you are a victim of racial discrimination, you can file the necessary complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The agency conducts an investigation of the claim and have the power to issue a “right to sue” allowing you to proceed with the case in a Federal court.

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An Organized Workspace Contributes To A Productive Office

There is a huge connection between productivity and job performance and an organized work space. This was the findings of a study conducted by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) which revealed that the design of the physical workplace is one of the top three factors that has an impact on job performance and satisfaction. According to the study, 31 percent of people were satisfied with their jobs and were pleased with their office environment. In addition, 50 percent sought jobs in firms where the physical environment is good.

Whether in the home or in the office, having a clear and organized work space can contribute to efficiency. Storage needs to be convenient. Here are some tips for office storage and organization to boost your productivity:

  1. Choose a storage that can help you easily find and identify contents. This will help your office mates to locate and place things. Make sure that the items you need such as notepads, sticky notes, and others are easily accessible.
  2. Select a storage solution that is flexible and can adapt to changing needs. By doing so, you can easily reconfigure and reuse so you can adjust to any organization needs.
  3. Clear your desk drawers from junk office supplies. Start by taking out everything and then sorting the items that will go back to the drawers. This can also help remove office clutter.
  4. Cords and cables can be a safety issue when they are dangling behind office tables. Someone could trip and get injured if you do not fix it. You can set up an area for cords and cables using a docking station for holding devices and hiding cords.
  5. A high wall space can also provide you with storage space for books, notebooks, binders, and other supplies.

Considering storage management and organization can go a long way in boosting the productivity and efficiency of your employees. These are just some suggestions for maximizing your office space.

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What To Do After A Car Accident

Car accidents can be devastating. It can cause deaths or injuries to the persons involved. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes yearly or 3,287 deaths daily. In addition, it accounts for 20 – 50 million injuries or disabilities. Road traffic crashes ranked as the 9th leading cause of death and represents 2.2% of all deaths globally.

Getting involved in a car accident can be stressful. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, it can leave victims facing serious financial troubles due to medical expenses and repair costs. When involved in an accident, emotions can be running high and injuries can be severe. Here are some things that you need to do when you get involved in a car accident:

  • Stay at the scene

Never leave the scene of the accident. Wait for the right time do so. This is especially true if someone was hurt seriously or got killed. You could be charged for hit-and-run and face serious criminal consequences.

  • Do A Health Check

Before anything else, check everyone who is involved in the accident.Call emergency services for anyone who needs medical attention. If anyone is unconscious or has neck or back pain, leave them be until a qualified medical personnel arrives.

  • Document the accident

Once the persons who are involved in the accident have been checked and are safe, file a police report. The Insurance Information Institute recommends this step especially if you are filing a claim with your insurance provider. The agency recommends the following steps when filing a police report:

  1. Upon arrival of the police, get their names and badge numbers.
  2. Ask for a copy of the police report from the law enforcers.
  3. Take pictures of the accident. Shoot from different angles so you can show the extent of damage to both cars.
  4. Talk to witnesses and write down their names as well.
  5. Exchange Information

You should be sure to get the contact information of the other driver before driving away. Get their full name and contact information, name of insurer and policy number, plate number, type, color, and model of vehicle.

  • Inform Your Insurance Company

When involved in an accident, do inform your insurance company about it. Do tell them everything such as the extent of your injury. The most important thing is to be honest with them. If they find out that you have been lying to them about everything, you could be in serious trouble or worse they could deny your coverage.

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