Favoritism in the workplace

Work Favoritism

Favoritism means exactly how it sounds. Sometimes we are not conscious when work favoritism happens to us. Perhaps you have lost a promotion because of favoritism?

The term is”It is not what you know, but who you know.”

What happened to promotion by merit?

As a young man I refused to believe favoritism at work happens. I did not know I was naive.

I quickly learned that favoritism is rampant in certain work environments and easily disguised.

Favoritism definition:

Favoritism=the showing of special favor.

Favoritism related words

Cronyism and Nepotism are specialized terms.

How does favoritism relate to these conditions?

While cronyism and nepotism are closely related to favoritism they describe the type of favoritism.

Cronyism=refers to showing favoritism to friends or acquaintances.

I know you have heard of the term Good Ol’ Boys. The term cronyism derives from this behavior. It has gone on for centuries.

A good example of this behaviour is when politicians return favors to people who helped them get elected. The politician offers a position to one of his friends or he relaxes legislation to help his coworkers.

Do you believe cronyism is ethical?

Do you think cronyism is the way things get done in Washington D.C.?

The expression comes from the Latin term nepos meaning nephew.

I almost expect to eliminate a job to a relative. It might not be fair but employers are smart enough to not show they hired a person because of nepotism.

On the other hand I’d report work favoritism if it was obvious.

The majority of the time it will be you who gets reassigned to another job if a problem arises.

Have you ever worked for a boss’s son?

Can you name another environment where favoritism occurs?

How can we fight favoritism?

Do you think there are good reasons for showing favoritism?

If you were the benefactor of favoritism, how would you feel ?

The bottom-line is that no matter what degree of favoritism; if it is based on race, sex, religion it is illegal. The EEOC has laws protecting us against office favoritism.

If you feel you are a victim of workplace favoritism, you should file a grievance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The E.E.O.C. accounts for all discrimination at work. Be certain you check with your job to determine if you have a local representative.

The agent can help walk you through the grievance process or help you resolve the issue.

Bear in mind that nobody can stop you from filing a grievance with the EEOC. If you’re discouraged from submitting, then you may have another lawsuit.

If you’re uncomfortable talking to a co-worker you can get in touch with an EEOC counselor.

Your employer has violated your rights if they retaliate against you for filing.

Can we expect favoritism at work?

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