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Hidden prejudice: Tips for tackling unconscious bias in your law firm

Sneha Khilay considers how unconscious bias emerges in the workplace and what can be done to combat it

26 January 2015

"Discriminatory behaviour takes many forms, but all involve some form of exclusion or rejection," according to the United Nations.

Research conducted in various institutions around the world has found that people often make choices at work which
subtly discriminate in favour of or against people with certain characteristics. These choices are made at an unconscious level, known as unconscious (implicit) bias or hidden assumptions.

Kings College London describes unconscious bias as "the biases we have which we are not in conscious control. These biases occur automatically, triggered by our brain making quick judgements and assessments of people and situations based on our background, cultural environment
and our experiences".

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