Diversity, Equity and Accommodation
Maximizing the different perspectives and skills of diverse employees is an economic imperative. You need to educate managers about the benefits of diversity as well as their responsibilities to treat all employees equitably and accommodate them as needed.
Everyone should have access to the same opportunities and benefits, and be treated with equal dignity and respect, regardless of their religion.
A diverse workforce is an economic imperative as markets and customers become more diverse. While a workforce composed of employees from many different backgrounds can present its own challenges for managers, good diversity management is simply good people management.
Human rights acts across Canada prohibit employers from discriminating against employees on several protected grounds including race and national or ethnic origin. Employment equity is a plan or process to eliminate employment and promotion barriers members of protected groups face in the workplace.
Employers are legally obligated to ensure a discrimination-free workplace. But accommodation isn’t just about meeting legal requirements — it’s also a good human resource practice that can enhance employee satisfaction and productivity.