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Equal Opportunities Policy

The Equality Act 2010 makes it an offence for an employer to discriminate against employees and agency workers on the grounds of:

  • Gender
  • Race, ethnicity and nationality
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital status
  • Religious or philosophical belief
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity

It also makes an employer liable for the discriminatory acts of employees, unless they have taken all reasonably practicable steps to prevent it. Implementation of a business wide equal opportunities policy is the first step in that process or prevention. This comprehensive policy provides detailed guidance on what constitutes discrimination, how the company seeks to prevent it in all aspects of employment; from recruitment through training and development to dismissal, and how persons with disabilities will be accommodated in line with the duty to make reasonable adjustments.