Hot Tin Roof is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination.
Our policy’s purpose
This policy’s purpose is to:
1. Provide equality, fairness and respect for all in our employment, whether temporary, part-time or full-time.
2. Not unlawfully discriminate for any reason, including the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin)
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
3. Oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes in:
- pay and benefits
- terms and conditions of employment
- dealing with grievances and discipline
- leave for parents
- requests for flexible working
- selection for employment, promotion, training or other development opportunities
The organisation commits to:
1. Encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
2. Create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful
discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued.
All staff should understand they, as well as their employer, can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, in the course of their employment, against fellow employees, customers, suppliers and the public.
3. Take seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by fellow employees, customers, suppliers, visitors, the public and any others in the course of the organisation’s work activities.
Such acts will be dealt with as misconduct under the organisation’s grievance or disciplinary procedures, and appropriate action will be taken. Particularly serious complaints could amount to gross misconduct and lead to dismissal without notice.
Further, sexual harassment may amount to both an employment rights matter and a criminal matter, such as in sexual assault allegations. In addition, harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 – which is not limited to circumstances where harassment relates to a protected characteristic – is a criminal offence.
4. Make opportunities for training, development and progress available to all staff, who will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential, so their talents and resources can be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation.
5. Make decisions concerning staff based on merit (apart from in any necessary and limited
exemptions and exceptions allowed under the Equality Act).
6. Review employment practices and procedures when necessary to ensure fairness, and also update them and the policy to take account of changes in the law.