4 Steps to Building a Non-Discrimination Policy

Posted in: Employee Benefits

Employees want to feel valued and protected in the workplace. As employers, one of the things you can do to demonstrate your commitment to inclusivity is to adopt a non-discrimination policy that protects all of your employees from discrimination and workplace harassment. Building policies like these can be complicated and require careful planning and collaboration, so we put together a few tips to help you get started: 

Do your research

Review local, state, and federal laws to identify all protected classes and characteristics that may be relevant to your workplace. This can help you identify what to include in your new policy. This can include but is not limited to, race, gender, age, disability, gender identity, religion.

Write and collaborate

Your policy should be clear, concise, and specific. It should include a statement prohibiting discrimination and harassment, as well as a clear procedure for reporting incidents. Work with key stakeholders, such as human resources personnel and legal counsel, to ensure that it is comprehensive, accurate, and legally compliant.

Communicate and enforce

Once your policy is finalized, communicate it to all managers and employees, and ensure that they understand the policy and their responsibilities under it. It’s also important to ensure that managers and employees understand the importance of enforcing the non-discrimination policy and hold all employees accountable for complying with it.

TIP: Consider conducting mandatory training sessions to reinforce the importance of non-discrimination in the workplace.

Don’t stop there

While setting this type of policy is a great first step, regular reviews and updates are key to ensure it remains aligned with any legislative changes and allows you to address any issues that may arise.


Connect with a member of our Employee Benefits team to see how we can help you create or update your current benefits program to deliver a well-rounded program for all.