This equal opportunities policy statement and policy statement on dignity at work are designed to implement the commitment of Ingham & Garner Ltd towards equal opportunities.
It is the responsibility of every employee to ensure that his or her own conduct conforms to the expected standards and reflects these policy statements.
The aim of this policy 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.
If equal opportunities are not applied then valuable talent and potential are wasted. Moreover, when unfair discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation take place, they bring about a climate of fear, insecurity and poor work performance. As well as being unlawful, it affects profitability and morale. It is therefore vital that every employee understands his or her responsibilities. Equal opportunities is taken very seriously by the company and wilful failure to apply the policies or evidence of discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation will result in disciplinary action which may include dismissal.
The Equal Opportunities Policy Statement
Ingham & Garner Limited recognises and accepts its legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010. Under this act, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are protected characteristics. Employees, other workers and applicants for employment who have one or more of these characteristics are protected from all forms of unlawful discrimination in the workplace including; direct and indirect discrimination, discrimination by association, discrimination by perception, discrimination arising from disability, harassment and victimisation.
The company seeks to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse community at large because the company values the individual contribution of people irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
The company undertakes to review periodically its recruitment and selection criteria and procedures to maintain a system where individuals are selected solely on the basis of their merits and abilities.
The company undertakes to review its employment practices, policies and procedures including opportunities for training and promotion, pay and benefits, discipline, selection for redundancy and retirement to ensure that it avoids all forms of unlawful discrimination in the workplace.
The company will make reasonable adjustments to its recruitment and selection arrangements and procedures to ensure that no applicant for employment is disadvantaged because of a disability. Whenever reasonable and practicable, the company will make adjustments to retain disabled workers in its workforce. This may include making reasonable adjustments to the physical environment and/or providing auxiliary aids and services.
The company will not tolerate acts which breach this policy and all instances of such behaviour will be taken seriously. Fully investigated and may be subject to the disciplinary procedures of the company. The company further seeks to give all employees equal opportunities and encouragement to progress within the organisation by implementing a positive action plan.
The company will monitor and review the operation of this policy and will implement any changes, required by law or to improve its effectiveness.