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Ethical Dilemmas: Integrity Matters



  Sep 07, 2023

Ethics and Integrity:Ethical Dilemma


CASE STUDY: Caste Discrimination in a Modern Workplace

 

Background:

In a well-established IT firm, Priya, a competent software engineer, feels marginalized due to her lower-caste heritage. This prejudiced behavior, evident during official discussions and casual interactions, is affecting her sense of inclusion and overall job satisfaction. A significant incident highlighting this bias was during a brainstorming session where Priya's innovative idea was sidelined only to be reintroduced by a senior member, gaining accolades from the team.
 

Potential Solutions:

 
Open Dialogue:
 
Description: Priya could address the issue by having a one-on-one conversation with the senior colleague, seeking clarification about the brainstorming session's idea.
 
Outcome: It might lead to direct resolution if the senior colleague acknowledges the oversight, or it could give Priya clarity on the underlying bias.
 
 
Engage a Mentor:
 
Description: Priya could approach a trusted mentor within the organization to discuss her experiences and seek advice.
 
Outcome: This can provide Priya with an understanding of how prevalent such issues are in the company and strategies to deal with them.
 
 
Raise Awareness:
 
Description: Priya can bring up the matter in a team meeting, subtly stressing the value of equitable acknowledgment irrespective of personal backgrounds.
 
Outcome: This might lead to increased self-awareness among the team members and possibly deter such behavior in the future.
 
Formal Complaint:
 
Description: If the discrimination continues, Priya has the right to formally report the behavior to HR, ensuring she details each discriminatory incident.
 
Outcome: A formal complaint can lead to HR intervention, potentially resulting in corrective measures, awareness training, or punitive actions.
 

Recommended Course of Action:

Given the nuances of workplace dynamics, Engaging a Mentor stands out as the optimal initial approach for Priya.
 

Rationale:

By discussing the situation with a mentor, Priya can obtain insights based on the mentor's experience and understanding of the company culture. This not only equips Priya with tools to deal with discrimination but also helps her establish a support system. While direct confrontation or formal complaints can be valid approaches, they might escalate tensions. A mentor-guided approach ensures that Priya makes informed decisions while prioritizing her well-being and professional relationships.


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