HRM Case Study- Religious Discrimination

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Running Head: ISSUES AND PRACTICES IN HR MANAGEMENT 1Human Resource ManagementName of the StudentName of the University
ISSUES AND PRACTICES IN HR MANAGEMENT2Case Study1.Explain what is legally needed in order for religious discrimination to exist.Ans:Religious discrimination is a type of discrimination in which a person or a group ofpersons is discriminated based on their religious beliefs and ideals. People are mocked andthis kind of incidents not only happens in the personal life but also happens in theprofessional life as well. So, the legal rules are made and implemented so as to stop this kindof religious discrimination. They not only play an important role to protect the people ofdifferent religions but also plays an important role in safeguarding the religious as well asethical and moral beliefs of a person. In religious discrimination, people are treateddifferently and are not given their proper rights. In the workplace also, various kinds ofreligious discrimination may take place. People are not treated properly, not given equalopportunities to perform so as to prove their capabilities among the others (BaylSmith andGriffin, 2014). The employees or the candidates are not recruited, terminated at any point oftime, not appreciated for their hard work during the time of the promotions. It is also possiblethat, employees are not given better training as well as benefits due to their religious beliefs.Religious harassment can of different types such as passing offensive or hurtful remarks,teasing, isolating the person etc leading to a bad work environment. These kind of behaviourand treatment is not acceptable as it can harm the performance and growth of theorganization. The reason is that the discriminated people may not feel encouraged to givetheir best by increasing the productivity and the performance of the firm in the competitiveworld (Cortina, Kabat-Farr, Leskinen et al, 2013). So, from the case study, it can be seenthough Treton Communications Inc. firm follows and maintains anti-discrimination policiesbut still an employee had to face religious discrimination from both the colleagues and theseniors.
ISSUES AND PRACTICES IN HR MANAGEMENT32.Is the company guilty of religious discrimination? Match the facts of the case tothe legal criteria.Ans:Yes. The company Trenton Communications is guilty of religious discrimination. Thereason is that though the firm follows and stopped any kind of anti-discrimination cases butstill an employee named MarShawn DeMuralso known asMaalick had to face religiousdiscrimination not only from his colleagues and the coworkers but also from one of hisseniors Mr. Jenkins badly. The employees and the higher officials clearly knew about theanti-religious discrimination policies clearly but still they violated the rules and made fun ofthe religious beliefs and transformation of Maalick. From the case study, it can be clearlyobserved that Maalick was an African- American who was working effectively andefficiently in the work. He was a religious person who was interested in the ideas ofInternational Spirituality and converted in that religion by taking a new name for himself(Dean, Safranski and Lee,2014).After becoming the member of theInternationalSpirituality when he returned to the workplace, it can be observed that his colleagues andcoworkers were looking at him strangely and did not behaved with him properly. In spite ofreplying to his conversation, they expressed their feeling in body language, made fun of himand again started doing their assigned jobs. These kind of behavior and responses are illegalaccording to the legal rules as he should be given proper respect in spite of having differentreligious beliefs. From the study, it can also be noticed that his workplace was decorated withvarious kinds of pin dolls, with hats, incense containers, strange symbols, letters etc. Thereason of keeping the things in his office is that the coworkers were not able to accept adrespect his religious ideologies (Emerson and Murphy, 2014). Another reason of doing theseactivities was to humiliate and to make him realize that he had done wrong by accepting thereligion.
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