Staff from ethnic minorities are not being treated fairly in thedisciplinary process, research by the Institute of Employment Studies hasfound.Ethnic background was found to be “a powerful influence” onmanagers deciding whether or not to use formal disciplinary procedures, thestudy of eight London councils found.This was despite the departments having a strong commitment to equalopportunities and a good record for employing ethnic minority staff.Managers interviewed for the research for the Greater London Employers’Association either avoided using formal disciplinary procedures with black andAsian staff, in an effort to appear fair, or used them too readily in anattempt to “cover their backs” by putting everything on the record. In the first case, ethnic minority employees suffered by being deniedfeedback on their behaviour. In the second they suffered from having moreincidents on their records than white staff.The study found that a lack of clarity about what constitutes poorperformance and when to use disciplinary action made managers nervous. Managers also commented on the “political sensitivities”surrounding race, particularly in relation to disciplinary action. They alsofelt they were not always supported from above.The IES recommends that boroughs “concentrate on developing andcommunicating clear guidance on acceptable standards of behaviour andperformance.” • The Devolved Personnel Assessment Processes report is available from GLEA:020-7834 8288. Race an issue in discipline policyOn 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.