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Raj: Don’t Entertain Workplace That Disrespects

We should not put up with any workplace environment where you go in and there is no respect, says Ashwin Raj. The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director made the
19 Jan 2019 14:10
Raj: Don’t Entertain Workplace That Disrespects
Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (HRADC) director Ashwin Raj.

We should not put up with any workplace environment where you go in and there is no respect, says Ashwin Raj.

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director made the comment during the Legal Aid Commission 8th Annual National Corporate Staff Training at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola on yesterday.

Mr Raj said if people were experiencing issues as such, it was correct to take up the matter through staff discussions rather than airing the issue out on social media.

“We should not put up with any workplace environment where you go in and there is no respect for your race or your religion and people are openly making disparaging remarks that makes you feel that you’ve been targeted, by all means raise that but raise that in an appropriate forum,” Mr Raj said.

“Raise it through staff discussions but to take it to the social media and to amplify in existing antagonisms is not helping.”

He said one of the targeted issues on social media was the conduct of public office coming under scrutiny.

“One of the things we’ve actually seen with the social media is that increasingly the conduct of public office holders has come into scrutiny and it’s on social media,” he said.

“The integrity of institutions and individuals is actually put on trial on the social media.”

Mr Raj added no religious community or ethnic group was labelled a perpetrator.

“No ethnic community or religious community is a victim and there is no ethnic or religious community which is specifically a perpetrator,” he said.

“If you have issues within your organisation and you are taking it to the social media, think about your responsibility in terms of disclosure, about confidentiality, think about the fact that you are unnecessarily vilifying, interpreting things along racial, religious or other lines.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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