Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of individuals based on certain characteristics, such as race, gender, age, religion, disability, or any other protected attribute. It can occur in various forms, including hiring, firing, promotions, pay differentials, harassment, and unequal opportunities, and is typically rooted in biases, stereotypes, or prejudices.
HR should be deeply concerned about discrimination for several compelling reasons. First and foremost, it is their responsibility to create a fair and inclusive workplace. Discrimination not only violates ethical principles but can also lead to serious legal consequences. Laws and regulations in many countries mandate that organizations protect employees from discriminatory practices. Failing to do so can result in legal ramifications, including fines and reputational damage.