Equality and Diversity

Disability and reasonable adjustments

Equality is about ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity, and is not treated differently
or discriminated against on the grounds of

  1. age
  2. perceived religious or political affiliation
  3. sex
  4. marital status
  5. disability
  6. colour
  7. sexual orientation
  8. race or ethnic origins.

Diversity is about recognising difference and about valuing everyone in the organisation as
an individual, and the workforce being representative of the organisation’s customers.

This culture should be based on the belief that everyone should have a right to equal access
to employment, training and development based solely on merit. Everyone should have
the right to be free of any direct or indirect discrimination and harassment or bullying.

It’s important for employers to be aware that Discrimination can:

  • Impact on an individual’s wellbeing, performance at work and intention to stay with
    the Company.
  • Adversely affect employment opportunities.
  • Result in failure to recognise skills-based abilities, potential and experience.
  • Result in significant legal costs, compensation and settlements paid to avoid
    defending expensive discrimination claims.

Employers should remember that managing diversity and developing a culture of inclusion is
a continuous process of improvement, not just a one-off initiative.

While specific responsibility for eliminating discrimination and providing equality of
opportunity lies with managers and supervisors, individuals at all levels have a responsibility
to treat others with dignity and respect.

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