Ore Community Centre - Company Message

encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce,
and eliminating unlawful discrimination.
The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of
all sections of society and our customers, and for each
employee to feel respected and able to give their best.
The organisation - in providing goods and/or services
and/or facilities - is also committed against unlawful
discrimination of customers or the public
The policy’s purpose is to:
provide equality, fairness and respect for all in our
employment, whether temporary, part-time or full-time
not unlawfully discriminate because of the Equality Act
2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender
reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy
and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, and
ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender)
and sexual orientation
oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination.
This includes in pay and benefits, terms and conditions of
employment, dealing with grievances and discipline,
dismissal, redundancy, leave for parents, requests for
flexible working, and selection for employment,
promotion, training or other developmental opportunities
The organisation commits to:
encourage equality and diversity in the workplace as
they are good practice and make business sense
create a working environment free of bullying,
harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination,
promoting dignity and respect for all 

individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued This commitment includes training managers and all other employees about their rights and responsibilities under the equality policy. Responsibilities include staff conducting themselves to help the organisation provide equal opportunities in employment, and prevent bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination All staff should understand they, as well as their employer, can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, in the course of their employment, against fellow employees, customers, suppliers and the public  take seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by fellow employees, customers, suppliers, visitors, the public and any others in the course of the organisation’s work activities Such acts will be dealt with as misconduct under the organisation’s grievance and/or disciplinary procedures, and any appropriate action will be taken. Particularly serious complaints could amount to gross misconduct and lead to dismissal without notice Further, sexual harassment may amount to both an employment rights matter and a criminal matter, such as in sexual assault allegations. In addition, harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 – which is not limited to circumstances where harassment relates to a protected characteristic – is a criminal offence  make opportunities for training, development and progress available to all staff, who will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential, so their talents and resources can be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation 
decisions concerning staff being based on merit (apart
from in any necessary and limited exemptions and
exceptions allowed under the Equality Act)
review employment practices and procedures when
necessary to ensure fairness, and also update them and
the policy to take account of changes in the law
monitor the make-up of the workforce regarding
information such as age, gender, ethnic background,
sexual orientation, religion or belief, and disability in
encouraging equality and diversity, and in meeting the
aims and commitments set out in the equality policy
Monitoring will also include assessing how the equality
policy, and any sporting action plan, are working in
practice, reviewing them annually, and considering and
taking action to address any issues
The equality policy is fully supported by senior
management and has been agreed with trade unions
and/or employee representatives
Details of the organisation’s grievance and disciplinary
policies and procedures can be found in the Policies Folder
This includes with whom an employee should raise a
grievance – usually their line manager.
Use of the organisation’s grievance and/or disciplinary
procedures does not affect an employee’s right to make a
claim to an employment tribunal within three months of
the alleged discrimination.