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Equality and Diversification Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide diversity and equality to all in employment, irrespective of their gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, age, nationality, national origin, sexuality, religion or belief, marital status and social class. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

We aim to ensure that no job applicant, employee, worker, or client is discriminated against on the grounds of a protected characteristic.  The following are protected characteristics:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender Reassignment
  4. Marriage and Civil Partnership
  5. Pregnancy and Maternity
  6. Race (Including Colour, Nationality, and Ethnic or National Origin)
  7. Religion or Belief
  8. Sex
  9. Sexual Orientation

In addition, we aim to ensure that no job applicant, employee, or worker is treated less favourably or placed at a disadvantage on the grounds of their part-time status or trade union activities.

This applies in the advertisement of jobs, recruitment, appointment, provision of benefits, allocation of training, promotion, disciplinary proceedings, dismissal, conditions of work, pay, giving a reference and every other aspect of employment.  Selection for employment, promotion, training, or any other benefit will be based on aptitude and ability.

If you believe that you have been disadvantaged because of any of the above, please do not hesitate to report the matter to your line manager or a Director so that the issue can be investigated and resolved.

If you have a disability for the purposes of the Equality Act, please let your line manager know so that reasonable adjustments can be considered.

We do not, and will not, tolerate any discrimination and anyone found to be acting in such a way will face disciplinary action that could include dismissal.  Everyone has a duty to report any such behaviour to a member of management.  We actively promote non-discriminatory behaviour and do not tolerate any behaviour that could be considered unlawful or is covered by matters mentioned above.

This policy will be implemented within the framework of the relevant legislation, which includes:

  • Equal Pay Act 1970 (Equal Value Amendment 1984)
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Gender Reassignment Regulations 1999)
  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • The Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
  • Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003
  • Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003
  • Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003
  • Disability Discrimination Act 2005
  • Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006

The policy will be monitored and reviewed annually.