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Understanding and Responding to Tragic Events, Racial Inequity and Systemic Injustice

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

Acknowledging, understanding and responding to tragic events and injustice in society is vital to maintaining an open dialogue with employees, advancing diversity and inclusion, and continuing a positive relationship with the community. Incidents and tragedies such as those concerning George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, subsequent protests and other calls for justice must be acknowledged by organizations in a candid and honest manner.

An organization should effectively communicate its recognition of systemic racism inherent in society, its commitment to support its workers, and its plan for becoming more fair and inclusive.

Below are some issues that employers may encounter during the continuing conversation occurring on national and international levels regarding racial discrimination and harassment.