Equality & Diversity
Discrimination and prevention
An equality and diversity policy should be setup to prevent discrimination and provide a platform for staff to speak up if they have been the subject of discrimination. Staff should also have the opportunity to speak up if they think they have witnessed discrimination. Employees should be able to raise issues of discrimination with their employer and be in the knowledge that all issues will be investigated and if necessary acted upon.
The Equality Act 2010
Regardless of an employees’ background or identity, they have the right to to work and furthermore develop skills in a safe and inclusive environment.
The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal for employees to be discriminated against. Employees can feel discriminated if they are treated differently to others due to any of the following factors: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. These are ‘protected characteristics’ as stated in the Equality Act.
Each business should have a suitable policy in place to help reduce instances of discrimination.