Identify why Equal Opportunities Policies are important. (Protected…
Identify why Equal Opportunities Policies are important.
Why have an equal opportunities policy?
make the best use of the whole workforce
avoid unlawful discrimination
An equal opportunities policy will:
improve recruitment and retention
take action against those who infringe equal opportunities principles.
Equal Act 2010
What is the Equality Act 2010?
The Equality Act is a law which protects you from discrimination. It aims to prevent people from being treated differently or unfairly on the basis of specific characteristics. The Equality Act makes discrimination on the basis of age, sometimes called ageism, unlawful.
Equal opportunity Policy
is important because protects it people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.
is when you’re treated less favourably because of a protected characteristic; for example, if your local gym refuses to give you a membership because of your age.
is when you’re disadvantaged by criteria that have the effect of discriminating against older people (or another ‘protected characteristic’). For example, if you can pay for an item in instalments but only if you are working, this would disadvantage pensioners.
The Equality Act protects you from harassment
Harassment is when you are subjected to unwanted behaviour that makes you feel intimidated, humiliated, or degraded, or that creates a hostile environment, because of your age or another protected characteristic.