Salt Lake City announces workplace anti-discrimination program

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker launched an anti-discrimination campaign for the workplace Friday, which focuses mainly on immigrants and refugees here in Utah.

Upcoming Public Workshops
  • Bilingual presentation in cooperation with Communidad Unidas
    Tuesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.
    Unity Center, 1383 South 900 West
  • English presentation in cooperation with United Africans of Utah
    Saturday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.
    The Horizonte School, 1234 South Main Street
  • Spanish presentation in cooperation with Coalition of LaRaza
    Tuesday, October 5, 6:30 p.m.
    Centro Civico Mexicano, 155 South 600 West

Immigrants and refugees newly arrived in the United States have many adjustments to make, including working in a foreign country.

That's why Mayor Ralph Becker and the city's Office of Diversity and Human Rights started a campaign to bring awareness to the rights of employees and employers.

"We hope that by bringing awareness of both an employee and an employer's rights and responsibilities will truly create opportunities for all individuals to earn a livelihood, provide for themselves and their families, and most of all to be able to achieve the American dream," says Utah Labor Commission representative Sherrie Hayashi.

The city will hold workshops that aim to educate the community about rights in the workplace, placing an emphasis on people that can most often be subject to discrimination.

"[To] make sure people are informed, and bring people together to address issues before they reach a point where discrimination has become a source of great friction," Becker says.

Purpose of the Antidiscrimination Campaign
"The Salt Lake City Antidiscrimination Campaign will create awareness about employee and employer rights and responsibilities; and maintain fairness in employment, especially among the city's immigrant and refugee communities." -Salt Lake City Mayor's Office

The workshops will teach employment laws on the city, state and federal levels and teach employers to eliminate discrimination in their workplace.

"This leads to lower turnover rates, less absenteeism, increased satisfaction and productivity, and enhanced customer loyalty," says Greg Summerhays, with Workers Compensation Insurance.

The workshops will start Aug. 24 and go through October.


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