Discrimination Unveiled: Social Media's Dark Side

Discrimination Unveiled: Social Media’s Dark Side

What Role Do Social Media Platforms Play in Today’s Society?

Social media platforms form the bedrock of today’s society. They have revolutionized the way we consume content and interact with each other. At the same time, these companies function like any other, and must learn to deal with the same issues more traditional companies and employers must deal with, including discrimination and harassment claims.

Most recently, two Black employees at TikTok have filed discrimination claims in which they allege they experienced a hostile work environment at the company. The more specific allegations relate to racial discrimination and retaliation for raising concerns about the same. As a result, they also claim that they did not receive promotions and were subjected to insensitive comments.

What Legislation Protects Employees Against Discrimination and Retaliation in Ontario?

There are a wide range of allegations, too. Employees allege that as each of their trajectories progressed, they were portrayed by other workers as angry and illogical, while at the same time overburdened with work and provided low-quality work at that. The legislation under which these claims were brought is not unlike the legislation we have here in Ontario. While the Human Rights Code protects against discrimination on the basis of race as well as retaliation, the Occupational Health and Safety Act protects against unlawful reprisal after the raising of harassment and discrimination complaints.

It is important for employers to develop effective ways to manage and deal with workers’ concerns with it comes to discrimination. While Black workers make up only 8% of tech workers in the US, they represent approximately 50% of of workers who have experienced discrimination (for reference, among other racialized groups around 25% of workers have experienced discrimination).

 Why Is It Important for Employers to Address Workers’ Concerns About Discrimination?

This case serves as a reminder that no workplace is immune to issues of discrimination, and it underscores the importance of enforcing anti-discrimination legislation to protect employees’ rights. Additionally, it emphasizes the need for employers to cultivate a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure that all employees have the opportunity to succeed without fear of discrimination or retaliation.

How Can Employers Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace?

If you or someone you know feels that they are experiencing any type of discrimination in the workplace, it is important to speak with an experienced employment lawyer to understand your workplace rights. The experienced employment lawyers at Whitten & Lublin are happy to provide insight and advice into your specific circumstances. If you are looking for employment lawyers and would like more information about what Whitten & Lublin can do for you, please contact us online or by phone at (416) 640-2667.