Language and Discrimination Paper MBA 525

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Language 1 Running head: LANGUAGE Language’s Influence on Discrimination in the Work Place Nanine Barnes MBA 525 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, Florida
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Language 2 Language is used every day all over the world. It is the very foundation that allows people to communication with each other. There are hundreds of different languages all over the world and at times, one can find themselves lost when trying to communication to someone who speaks a different language. To best understand what language means, it is best to understand it’s roots and origin. According to Webster’s dictionary, language is described as “the words, their pronunciation, and the methods of combining them used and understood by a community” ( http://www.merriam- ). Taking that definition into consideration, language can be used in both positive and negative ways. Depending on what language one is using or how the message is communicated, one may begin to discriminate against another. The challenge facing all employers is being able to identify and remedy these situations to promote a healthy workplace. In the blog entitled The Power of Language in the Workforce , it states that “60 % of a manager's time on average is spent communicating orally, yet rarely are managers trained on the effective use of language” ( http://mcdowell-incentives.com/the-power-of- language-in-the-workforce ). If messages are not conveyed and addressed correctly in the workforce, a company could be discriminating against an employee. There are numerous types of discrimination that individuals face every day in a professional setting. Some of the most common ways people are discriminated against is sexual orientation, racial, gender and religious discrimination. With the help of the Equal Rights Movement, many companies have certain policies and procedures in place that help prevent discrimination against employees, clients, customers and contractors. Commissioner Watson Haynes of the Florida Commission on Human Rights, Saint
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Language 3 Petersburg region stated in an article released on May17, 2009 in the Saint Petersburg Times that “during these hard economic times, many employers are seeking ways to reduce operational costs. However, it is important to remember that discrimination and disparate treatment can lead to lawsuits, decreased employee productivity and morale, and retaliation from the community. Firing or demoting a person based on their protected class is never a viable option” ( http://fchr.state.fl.us/fchr/resources/commissioners_speak_out/workplace_discrimination
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2012 for the course PROFESSION 525 taught by Professor Siler during the Summer '11 term at St. Leo.

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