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We are not the same

but we are all equal

Nearly half of employees hear discriminatory remarks on a weekly basis, according to a recent survey. It found that employees using social media at work had received or heard discriminatory remarks via these channels.

Employers need to ensure that their employees are aware of what is not acceptable behaviour in the workplace, by having policies on equal opportunities, anti-bullying and harassment and/or a dignity at work.

They need to make sure that their employees understand these policies and the consequences if they aren't followed. This can be achieved by offering regular training.

Employees need to be aware of what is appropriate behaviour and that certain “office banter” is not acceptable.

If employers aren’t doing enough to combat discrimination in the workplace, they could end up at an employment tribunal facing an unlimited discrimination award.

Protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage, civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex and sexual orientation

For tailor made policies for your workplace and equality training contact Coulthard Human Resources.

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