Equality and Diversity. What are they? What is the difference? What does the law say?. Equality Definitions (Dictionary). The state or quality of being equal The quality of being alike The quality of being interchangeable Equal in value Social and political equality – levelling of society
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What are they?What is the difference?What does the law say?
(Regional Action and Involvement South East: RAISE)
Victimisation occurs when an individual is treated detrimentally because:
Detrimental treatment may be e.g. refusal of requests for time off, denial of promotion or training, being ignored by manager or colleagues, criticised continually, “messed around” with regarding work/shift allocations etc.
If this happens and the organisation does not take reasonable steps to prevent it, the organisation will be liable to pay compensation.
Individuals who victimise may also be liable to pay compensation.
NB The new Equality Bill proposes that it will be legal, if two people are absolutely equally qualified and experienced etc for a post, to appoint the person from a minority group which is under-represented in the workforce. THIS IS NOT LEGAL YET!
This bill, in the Government’s own words, aims to strengthen equality law by:
Ability to become accredited public sector provider or sub contractor
Reduction of possibility of be taken to court and being fined from Employment tribunals
Increased marketing and promotional reach to additional target markets
Increased understanding of market and competition and development of USPs using staff diversity
Increased ability to use all staff in policy and strategic development
More diverse staff means more diverse ideas
Customers from more minority backgrounds will be more attracted to your company