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3 damaging impacts of workplace discrimination

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Employment Discrimination

Unlawful workplace discrimination refers to the unfair treatment of employees or job applicants based on characteristics such as race, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or any other immutable characteristic that is specifically safeguarded by federal and/or state law. Although it is illegal, it is still rampant in many workplaces.

The damages of unchecked workplace discrimination are significant and far-reaching. The following are three common damaging impacts workplace discrimination can have on employees.

Decreased morale

Victims of workplace discrimination often experience decreased morale as a result of being unfairly targeted or marginalized. When individuals are subjected to discriminatory treatment, whether overt or subtle, it can lead to feelings of inadequacy, frustration and disillusionment. This may create a toxic work environment where affected employees may struggle to feel valued or motivated to perform their best.

Psychological and emotional toll

Workplace discrimination can take a severe psychological and emotional toll on victims. Constant exposure to discriminatory behaviors or attitudes can lead to stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. The fear of facing discrimination or harassment can also contribute to heightened levels of stress and anxiety, impacting both job performance and overall well-being. Over time, the cumulative effect of discrimination can wear down an individual’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth, leading to long-term emotional distress.

Negative impact on career advancement

Workplace discrimination can impede an individual’s opportunities for career advancement and professional growth. When employees are overlooked for promotions, training opportunities or important projects based on discriminatory biases, it can hinder their ability to develop their skills and advance within the organization. Discrimination can also lead to the creation of glass ceilings and barriers to entry for certain groups, limiting their upward mobility within the company.

Victims of unlawful workplace discrimination have the right to seek legal redress. With legal guidance, it’s possible for victims to seek justice and hold to account those responsible for discriminatory actions accountable for their misconduct.