What is Equality Act?
The UK government has a set of regulations and guidelines in place to promote equal opportunities in the workplace. These are primarily set out in the Equality Act 2010, which is the primary legislation governing equal opportunities in the UK. The act prohibits discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
The act also sets out a number of specific duties for employers, including the need to:
- Ensure that job advertisements do not contain discriminatory language or criteria.
- Ensure that recruitment processes are fair and non-discriminatory.
- Make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled employees to perform their jobs.
- Provide equal pay and conditions for employees doing equal work.
- Ensure that employees are not subjected to harassment or victimisation.
- Monitor and report on diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace.
The UK government also provides guidance on equal opportunities for employers through its ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) website. This guidance covers topics such as preventing discrimination, promoting diversity and inclusion, and handling complaints of discrimination or harassment.
Equal Opportunity Policy
Forth Tech Ltd is committed to creating and maintaining a working environment that is free from discrimination and promotes equality of opportunity. The purpose of this policy is to set out our commitment to equal opportunities and to provide guidance on how we will ensure that discrimination does not occur in any aspect of our business activities.
This policy applies to all employees, workers, job applicants, and contractors of Forth Tech Ltd. All managers and employees are responsible for implementing this policy and ensuring that it is communicated effectively to all relevant parties.
Equal Opportunity Statement
Forth Tech Ltd is committed to promoting equal opportunities and eliminating discrimination in all aspects of our work. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or any other characteristic protected by law. We value diversity and promote a culture of inclusion, where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
All managers and employees have a responsibility to ensure that discrimination is not tolerated in any aspect of our business activities. Managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring that they comply with this policy and promote it within their teams. All employees are expected to treat each other with respect and avoid any behaviour that could be considered discriminatory.
Recruitment and Selection
We will recruit and select employees based on their skills, experience, and ability to perform the job. We will not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will monitor our recruitment and selection process to ensure that it is fair and free from discrimination.
Training and Development
We will provide training and development opportunities for all employees regardless of their background, to enable them to reach their full potential. We will ensure that our training and development programs are accessible to all employees and do not discriminate against any individual or group.
We will ensure that working conditions are free from discrimination, harassment, and victimization. We will take appropriate action to address any incidents of discrimination or harassment, including investigating complaints and taking disciplinary action where necessary.
Promotion and Career Development
We will promote career development and advancement opportunities based on merit and the ability to perform the job. We will not discriminate against employees on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Monitoring and Review
We will monitor and review this policy to ensure that it remains effective in promoting equal opportunities and eliminating discrimination. We will take appropriate action to address any areas where improvements are needed.
If you believe that you have been subjected to discrimination or harassment, please report the matter immediately to your line manager or HR department. Any complaints will be treated in confidence and investigated promptly and fairly.
This policy is not contractual and may be amended at any time by Forth Tech Ltd. Any changes will be communicated to all employees.
Issue date: 01/01/21