No Discrimination is Practiced

Issues

Why tackle the issue of discrimination?

What is the issue?

Discrimination includes employers treating workers differently in terms of recruitment, pay, promotion, working conditions, training or dismissal based on race, sex, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age.

In the UK:

  • Women in full-time work are earning 17% less than men.
  • 30,000 women a year are dismissed simply because they are pregnant

The business case

Discrimination in the way you treat your workers on the basis of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief and age is unlawful. There is no limit to the amount an employment tribunal can award in damages to someone for who has a claim of unlawful discrimination upheld. So there are good financial reasons for avoiding discrimination.

Fair treatment will also help you recruit and retain the best people: employees who are appreciated, and fairly remunerated for their work, are more likely to be more efficient and productive workers. Employees who feel that they are treated fairly are also more likely to stay longer in their jobs, this reduces recruitment costs.

What can go wrong?

Discrimination can take many forms. Victims of discrimination may:

  • Be less likely to be hired
  • Be paid differently
  • Be unfairly dismissed
  • Suffer verbal or physical bullying
  • Receive less training
  • Have less access to training and fewer promotion opportunities

 

The likely victims of discrimination include:

  • Women - especially pregnant women
  • Children and young workers
  • Older workers
  • Migrant and immigrant workers
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Temporary workers or those on short-term contracts
  • Probationary workers
  • Subcontractors/home workers
  • Union representatives


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