Nepotism in the Workplace

Nepotism in the Workplace

Unfortunately, nepotism is a phenomenon that continues to persist in today’s society. It is doubtful anyone is a stranger to the notion that those with family ties to people in positions of power often are given advantages as a result of that relationship. Some may have experienced the negative effects of nepotism themselves. 

Is There a Legal Prohibition Against Nepotism in the Workplace? 

Unfortunately, there is no legal prohibition on the exercise of nepotism in the workplace. There is also no prohibition on discrimination against those who are not your family, by providing benefits to those who are. However, there are several key reasons why employers should make sure nepotism is not being condoned in the workplace. 

How Does Nepotism Affect Employee Productivity? 

The main impacts will be on employee morale and, by extension, quality control.  It may be the case that employers’ family members are less qualified that other employees. Consequently, other employees may feel that they are being disadvantaged, and may be less productive as a result. Both family members and other employees may feel that it makes no difference how hard they work, because the family members will always maintain their lofty position in the organization, and there is no way for non-family members to move up. Other employees may leave to work at organizations they feel will treat them more fairly. The final result of nepotism may be that, as a result of employee attrition or poor quality control, the organization as a whole becomes discredited over time. This may result in loss of customers and a reduction in status within the industry. 

How Can Whitten & Lublin Assist with Employment Law Concerns? 

Therefore, monitoring company relations with employees for discrimination and nepotism of any kind is paramount. If employers have questions about these issues, they should reach out to an experienced employment lawyer for advice. We encourage employers to speak with a lawyer to understand their rights and obligations, or any other employment concerns. We 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 today. 

Author – Carson Healey