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How To Avoid Coronavirus Discrimination in the Workplace - EasyLlama

Corona virus does not discriminate. Sadly, apprehension and disinformation about the pandemic led to anti-Asian bigotry, including racial persecution against Chinese citizens. Similar conduct targets other individuals, including tourists, emergency personnel, health professionals, and publicly face-masked individuals.


Psychological studies indicate that people are more worried when confronting unknowns, which may lead to adverse actions. This highlights the need for organizations to tackle prejudice against corona virus and myths in ongoing communication and training. Additionally, it is essential to come up with new strategies, policies, and procedures related to this epidemic.



Educate the employees and communicate with them regularly


These tips below will help to raise staff awareness of discrimination against corona virus and reaffirm the need to uphold a respectful, inclusive working culture as organizations continue to evolve.


Encourage employees to:

1. Keep abreast of well-established outlets such as the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), the WHO, and the State and local departments of health.

2. Desist from spreading social media, email, and other contact network gossips and misinformation.

3. Be mindful of behavior that can stigmatize or discriminate against particular individuals or groups, for example, to exclude them from essential meetings or share offensive jokes, images, and videos.

4. Speak about prejudice or abuse against employees, suppliers, vendors, or others concerning COVID-19.

5. Adhere to the Code of Ethics and legislation banning all forms of violence and discrimination.

6. Be an advocate for those who are coping with the epidemic. Respect and kindness will help us to resolve this common emergency.

7. To address COVID-19 questions and concerns, contact your manager or designated contact.



Train staff in supervisory and managerial roles


Organizations should also perform appropriate training to people in managerial or supervisory positions on their obligations to handle, discourage, and investigate prejudice among other misdemeanors. Managers must also be kept up to date on the American Disability Act revisions (ADA, FMLA). Additionally, people in managerial positions should read and understand the Family First Corona virus Response Act (FFCRA).

The EEOC has given guidelines on the ADA, Recovery Act, and COVID-19. The EEOC has also scheduled to post a webinar on Friday 27th March to address questions concerning federal laws on work (FEL) and COVID-19. If you have questions on corona virus, email questions@eeoc.gov by 25th March, at 9 pm for considerations in the webinar.



Strengthening workplace culture among remote workers


Many employees will work for the first time from home in the near-term and probably for more extended periods of time. While the environment and routines can change, professional behavior expectations don't. New telework laws would make it clear that emails, messages, live conversations, over - the-web meetings, and other remote communications are subject to guidelines about what is and is not unacceptable behavior.



Easy Llama Insight


COVID-19 anxieties and misinformation lead to homophobia, prejudice, and harassment of Asian and European cultures and many others protected categories. Organizations must treat corona virus as part of a systematic strategy to deter bias, abuse, intimidation, and retaliation. Maintaining an inclusive workplace without discrimination or violence will enable companies and their workers to be as productive as possible in the long weeks and months ahead.



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