Discrimination is proposing to treat or treating someone in an unfavourable manner because of prejudice or a personal characteristic of that individual. Discrimination of immigrant and low paid workers are not unknown in the USA.The working-class community that includes a large population of migrant workers faces direct discrimination on a daily basis in their workplace. This usually happens when people who do not belong to the minority communities make unfair assumptions about people with specific personal characteristics or traitslike race, age, gender or nationality can and cannot do. A common example of this would be refusing to employ an individual on the basis of their gender because they believe that the individual represents a weaker gender and cannot learn new skills.
Whyis discrimination caused?
Workers face indirect discrimination at work place as well. This usually occurs when an irrationalworking condition is imposed on a person or a group of individual that would prove to be disadvantageous for them. Indirect discrimination occurs when a particular workplace policy, behaviour or practise appears to treat workers in a way that isunfair anddetrimentalfor them. For example, a requirement for the employees to work 13-hour shifts may seem to treat all workers equally. However, it may prove to be a disadvantage for the employees with familiesand other responsibilities. If the requirement that is implemented by the company is not reasonable or sensible, then it is indirect discrimination.
Race Discrimination, a major factor
Race discrimination is another major problem faced by immigrant workers. It means discrimination against an individual in the workplace because of their assumed or actual race. Race includes descent, nationality, colour, ancestry or ethnic background or any other characteristics associated with a specific race. Many a time workers are discriminated against based on these factors. This kind of discrimination many forms, like treating workers with low respect owing to their race or skin colour, low wage or even refusing to employ.
Workers and daily labours face other forms of discrimination and exploitation as well. They are discriminated against at times based on their assumed or actual age.Workers who belong to the older age group or younger age bracket are discriminatedagainst. This means, assumption or stereotyping against older workers or young people and believing that they are too old or young to learn new things and implement them while working. It might also include not interviewing someone because they are too old or too young to work withthe existing staff, not employing young or mature workers assuming they would seek a new job or retire soon or not providing necessary training opportunities.
Immigrant workers aresubjected to exploitation as well. This occurs owing to unreasonable working hours and minimum pay. The consequence of this is workers leaving the job or complying with it.These kinds of discriminations are extremely common and immigrant workers are mostly subjected to it. Those with low English fluency faces discrimination as well, resulting is extremely low pay.Immigrant workers frequently face exploitation and these common discrimination by their employers as well as public officials.