Equal Opportunities

Equal Opportunities

The aim of the company is to encourage harmony and respect amongst individuals so as to promote good working practices with a view to maximising the performance and the return to the Company and the employees.

Equal Opportunities Policy:

The Company seeks to employ a workforce which reflects the diverse community at large because the Company values the individual contribution of people irrespective of sex, pregnancy or maternity leave, age, marital status, civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, race, colour, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin.

All employees will be treated with dignity and respect. The Company will use its best endeavours to provide a working environment free from unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimisation on the grounds of sex, pregnancy or maternity leave, age, marital status, civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, race, colour, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin.

The Company recognises its legal obligations including those under the Race Relations Act, the Sex Discrimination Act, the Civil Partnership Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Disability Discrimination Act, the Part-time and Fixed-term Workers legislation and the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) and (Religion or Belief) Regulations.

The Company undertakes to review periodically its selection criteria and procedures to maintain a system where individuals are selected, promoted and treated solely on the basis of their merits and abilities.

The Company will not tolerate acts which breach this policy and all instances of such behaviour or alleged behaviour will be taken seriously, fully investigated and may be subject to the disciplinary proceedings.

The Company seeks to give all employees equal opportunity and encouragement to progress within the organisation.

If an existing employee becomes disabled the Company will make every effort to retain him or her within the workforce whenever reasonable and practicable.

Whenever reasonably practicable to do so the Company will install in existing premises facilities for people with disabilities. Whenever the Company invests capital in new or refurbished premises every practicable effort will be made to provide for the needs of staff and customers with disabilities.

The Company undertakes to distribute and publicise this policy statement to all employees and elsewhere as from time to time appropriate.

Any employee who believes that they may have been subjected to treatment, which breaches this policy, may raise the matter through the grievance procedure of the Company.

Equal Opportunity Employment

This Company will take steps within its power, and within its resources, to meet this responsibility. In particular:

1. Job advertisements, when advertised will include a general declaration to the effect that we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2. The operation of this policy will be regularly reviewed.

3. Selection, recruitment, training and promotion practices and procedures will be reviewed to ensure that individuals are treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

4. All employees will be made fully aware of their responsibilities towards the promotion of this policy and provided with suitable training.

5. All procedural documents (eg grievance, discipline) will be reviewed to ensure compliance with the spirit and intention of the policy.