Equality and Diversity

In this section, you will find out what is meant by equality and why equality is an important issue for your organisation.

You will discover that there are many simple ways to make your organisation more accessible, diverse and inclusive... 


Discrimination is prohibited on nine grounds... 

The law prohibits discrimination. Discrimination is the less favourable treatment of one person over another and can be:
  • Direct For example, harassing a gay man over his sexuality.
  • Indirect For example, requesting a large number of written references from all prospective employees, including newly arrived migrant workers. The requirement is likely to put migrant workers at a disadvantage compared with other groups.

Employment Equality

You may take positive action that strives for full equality between employees... 

If you employ anyone, the Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004 apply to you.

Equality Law

Equality law currently consists of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004 and the Equal Status Acts 2000 and 2004...

Although most people in the community and voluntary sector would agree that equality is an important concept, many find it challenging to translate a general belief in equality and inclusion into concrete action in the structures, processes and operations of an organisation. However, for the many groups and organisations that are set up to progress social justice it is essential that you do so, because having an ethos of equality is simply an extension of that commitment to equity and fairness.

Good Practice in Equality

Unless you ensure accessibility for as wide a group of people as possible, you will not have a diverse organisation...

A strategic approach

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