Everyone has the right to be treated fairly and equally at work, regardless of where they were born, what they believe, or what they look like. When people are treated equally, they are more likely to reach their full potential and be able to contribute new perspectives, ideas and solutions. Organisations benefit from an equal workplace as well. They have access to a wider range of talents, skills and perspectives, which can promote creativity and innovation. And through diversity and equal opportunities, organisations can better understand and meet diverse customer and societal needs.
Under the Equality Act 2010, people are protected from being treated less favourably than others because of certain characteristics. The Act covers nine protected characteristics – age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
The Equality Act course describes the four different types of discrimination under the Act (direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation) using a variety of examples, scenarios and interactivity to help you recognise discriminatory actions. There are also some exemptions that allow organisations to legally ask about protected characteristics or where discrimination can be within the law. The course provides examples of some of these exemptions so you can better understand what actions are or aren’t considered discriminatory.
We all have a right to work in an environment free from discrimination. The course outlines what you should do if you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, or you have witnessed an incident involving others. You have a responsibility to raise concerns with the appropriate person, and your organisation is required to take all complaints of unacceptable behaviour seriously.