Nationality ranks high in workplace disputes

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s fair employment watchdog has reported that the majority of complaints it receives relate to nationality. At least 60% of complaints since 2014 have had this focus.



An average of 379 workplace discrimination complaints were received every year from 2014 to the first half of this year. While nationality-based discrimination was the most common issue involved, this was followed by age discrimination (18%), gender discrimination (13%), race-based discrimination (10.7%), religious discrimination (1.8%) and disability-related discrimination (0.5%).


The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) urged employers to improve communication by explaining why and how controversial decisions (such as the hiring or promotion of a foreigner ahead of a local Singaporean) are made.


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