When an employee is treated differently on grounds not supported by contract or that are indeed in conflict with the law, such a worker is said to have been discriminated against.
Everyday, men and women are discriminated against on the basis of gender, age, religion, sexual preference, race, nationality, ethnicity, as well as on the basis of physical challenges.
According to news reports, there have been many different cases of discriminatory policies in multinational companies in Nigeria, but most especially in Asian & Lebanese owned companies; however, American and western European companies are not left out either.
Currently, Virgin Atlantic is in the news for supposedly sacking all their Nigerian cabin crew and replacing them with foreign staff, and last week, social media was abuzz with news of another top 100 multinational brand – Huawei Technologies being accused of discriminatory behaviour towards their Nigerian staff (See the tweet pic below).
What is baffling however is that most of these cases are sensationalized by both traditional and new media, yet not many of the said cases seem to have been thoroughly investigated.
In the case of Huawei, the affected company has been quick to respond by displaying the actual documented staff policies directly addressing the misconceptions.
While the negative commentary does make for good headlines, a more balanced approach should be obtainable.
It is incontrovertible that there is some truths to the many allegations made about some of the foreign run companies, but for the most part, foreign companies tend to treat their Nigerian staff better than their local counterparts. This would explain why the vast majority of job seekers usually opt first for employment with multinational companies who employ hundreds of thousands of Nigerians, pay better wages and have better terms of employment. They are typically known to deploy international best standards especially in areas of training and welfare.
In the final analysis however, it is hoped that respected bodies such as the LCCI will help safeguard the working conditions of Nigerian staff while encouraging Nigerian employers of labour to adopt and emulate the employment policies and welfare packages of their foreign counterparts.
Content: Jay Ashton; email@example.com