Discrimination in the workplace

In the last five years, almost 100,000 people in Mexico have decided to quit their jobs as they were victims of harassment and discrimination in the workplace

Discrimination at the workplace
Man filling in a job application form – Photo: Eduardo Jaramillo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 27/03/2018 08:49 Mexico City Newspaper Leader by EL UNIVERSAL Actualizada 08:59
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Workplaces are, in theory, venues where anywhere from two to hundreds of people gather to pursue a common goal. Achieving this requires minimum conditions to perform certain tasks and an environment of trust, respect, and communications among leaders and subordinates.

However, this isn't always the case. EL UNIVERSAL publishes today that a little over 18,000 people quit their jobs in 2017 due to harassment and discrimination.

According to the data gathered by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), this situation is on the rise, as there were only 17,185 cases registered in 2016. In 58% of the cases, it was the men who ressigned, against 42% of women.

The causes behind these ressignations, for both genders, are the same: discrimination based on age, sexual orientation, physical appearance, as well as the mistreatment and harassment they were victims of. In five years, almost 100,000 people have decided to quit a job due to its toxic environment.

The data provided by the INEGI confirm that the workplace reproduces, at a scale, the predominant values, beliefs, and traditions of Mexico. Discrimination is, unfortunately, a behaviour that hasn't been eradicated, which creates obstacles in fighting inequality and increases the risk of social hostility.

Sure enough, many of the incidents never reach the ear of the owners of executive directors of the companies, reason why actions aren't taken to stop them, despite cases of harassment and discrimination having repercussions in the productivity of a company and, thus, of the country.

It's vital that all public and private companies encourage people to speak up against these kinds of behaviours and that there are clearly defined protocols known by the employees. So far, many of the cases are simply filed or the punishments against the accused parties are minimal.

Regretabbly, discrimination isn't exclusive of workplaces. It's present in our public life. Recognizing it, making it visible, take action against it, and punishing it are needed if we want to eradicate it for good.


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