Every organization should work to prevent disparate impact and disparate treatment of its employees, to create a healthy workplace culture, attract the best possible talent and avoid legal consequences.
But what’s the difference between disparate impact and disparate treatment, and how can companies identify and correct potential problems?
Disparate impact versus disparate treatment
The terms look and sound similar, but there’s a major difference in their meanings. Disparate treatment refers to conduct that intentionally discriminates against employees. For example, a hiring manager who refuses to consider candidates of one gender for certain roles is engaging in disparate treatment of