Equal Opportunities Policy

The Company is an equal opportunity employer and is fully committed to a policy of treating all of its employees and job applicants equally.

The Company will take all reasonable steps to employ, train and promote employees on the basis of their experience, abilities and qualifications without regard to race, ethnic origin, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, marital or civil partnership status or disability. The Company will also take all reasonable steps to provide a work environment in which all employees are treated with respect and dignity and that is free of harassment based upon an employee’s race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, marital or civil partnership status or disability.

The Company will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any sort, whether engaged in by employees or by outside third parties who do business with the Company, such as clients, customers, contractors and suppliers. Examples of this are:

  • Discrimination directly against you – that is, to treat you less favourably than others because of any of the above terms – unless objectively justified.
  • Discriminate indirectly against you – that is, to apply a criterion, provision or practice, which disadvantages you as a result of any of the above terms unless it can be objectively justified.
  • Associative discrimination – this is direct discrimination against you because you associate with another person who possesses a protected characteristic.
  • Perceptive discrimination – this is direct discrimination against you because others think you possess a particular protected characteristic. It applies even if you do not actually possess that characteristic.
  • Subject you to harassment. Harassment is unwanted conduct that violates your dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for you having regard to all the circumstances including your perception of the issue.
  • Victimise you because you have made or intend to make a complaint or allegation or have given or intend to give evidence in relation to a complaint of discrimination.
  • Discriminate against you, in certain circumstances, after the working relationship has ended.

Although the Company requests an individual’s date of birth, ethnic origin, marital status, sex and whether you consider yourself to have a disability as part of its recruitment process, this information will not be used to the detriment of the applicant. The information is solely for the compilation of personal data, which the Company needs to hold on all employees.

The principal of Equal Opportunity is of fundamental importance to the Company.

Every employee has a responsibility to:

  • Ensure all employees and people associated with the Company are treated in a non-discriminatory way.
  • Challenge any behaviour that could be interpreted as unfair discrimination.
  • Encourage employees to maximise their contribution to the business.
  • Understand what is expected of them in terms of performance, the standards they seek to achieve, behaviour and conduct towards others.

Managers and supervisors have an additional responsibility to:

  • Ensure systems and procedures used do not discriminate.
  • Set a positive example in everything they do.
  • Listen to and respect others, do not dismiss their problems as ‘trivial’ or not related to work.
  • Discourage discriminatory speculations and rumours.
  • Observe people and stop inappropriate behaviour immediately.

This policy is designed to improve recruitment, motivation at work and individual performance and to result in developing talent in every member of staff.

The Human Resources Team will consistently monitor and review this policy in order to ensure its objectives are met and that potential barriers to equal opportunities are identified to prevent discrimination. Any employees that are found to breach this policy could be subject to disciplinary procedures. Employees who commit serious acts of harassment could also find themselves guilty of a criminal offence.

Dealing with Complaints

The Company would encourage any employee who finds him or herself the victim of discrimination to have the confidence to bring the matter to the attention of their Departmental Manager or HR. The Company is committed to ensuring discrimination does not happen in the workplace and will do everything in its power to ensure that complaints of this kind are investigated quickly and sensitively to ensure such behaviour is neither accepted nor condoned and proper steps are taken to prevent further occurrences.