Equality and Diversity in the Workplace

Equality and Diversity in the workplace.
In this report, I will examine equality and diversity, including a reflection on my learning and ability to handle issues arising in my workplace.

The Equality Act (2006) and Human Rights Act (1998) are about true equality and equal opportunities, making sure all people in our communities are included by giving them the power to help shape the society they live in. Equality and opportunity for all will bring about a more inclusive, humane, cohesive and fairer society. Carers have a personal, public and legal duty to ensure that they always focus on equality, human rights and good relations between people, regardless of their abilities or backgrounds. It is important to remain responsive to the changing needs of society, ensuring policies and procedures are inclusive and non-discriminatory whilst providing equal opportunities in employment and development, thus reflecting the diverse cross-section of communities we all live in and serve. Ensuring equality and human rights is essential to everything we do, encapsulating the concept of diversity and understanding the value and the varied needs that people have. By utilising a strong Equality and Diversity strategy will demonstrate commitment to safer, stronger communities and deliver a better service and eliminate discrimination.

What is Discrimination?
Discrimination means the unfair treatment of a person because of a personal characteristic be it their sex, age, or race. The Equal Opportunities Act 1995 introduced laws to protect people from discrimination, sexual harassment, racial and religious slander. It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their actual or assumed:
  * Disability
  * Age
  * Gender identity
  * Race and religious belief
  * Sex
  * Sexual orientation
There are other instances such as employment and industrial activities, but this report will cover the three topics in bold print indicated above.
It is illegal...