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Are your employees promoting diversity in the workplace?

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 11:07

An unnamed man referred to in court as 'Tim' has been awarded £7,500 in a landmark ruling under the Equality Act 2010.

This case of discrimination is significant as Tim was subjected to several isolated incidents of homophobic abuse which were largely evident only through gestures.

In addition, although the gestures were mainly committed by a locksmith's employee while he was on work breaks, he was still considered to be a representative of his employer.

As a result, Tim was able to bring charges under the Equality Act 2010 of an act of discrimination against a customer.

Discrimination

The Equality Act protects people from discrimination on the grounds of age, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion, disability, race, and other protected factors.

Businesses are responsible for ensuring that not only employees are protected under the Act, but also any customers or third parties affected by their business.

Business responsibilities

Businesses must ensure the dissemination of training to help employees understand what behaviour may be considered insulting under the Equality Act. Importantly, this case shows that how the victim perceives the behaviour is more pertinent than the apparent intent of the perpetrator.

To help businesses achieve this, DeltaNet offer two eLearning courses:

Our Manager's Guide to Equality and Diversity equips managers to create inclusive cultures where employees feel protected from discrimination, and our Introduction to Equality and Diversity provides employees with an understanding of the ethical and legal reasons for treating people with respect and dignity, as well as what behaviours may constitute discrimination.

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