Diversity and Equality
DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY A CRITICAL AREA OF LAW AND MUST BE DEALT WITH EFFECTIVELY.
From recruitment through to termination and references, businesses can all too easily assume responsibility for inadvertent or unintended discrimination. The onus is on businesses to get this right in order to meet their legal diversity and equality duties and avoid significant liabilities arising.
The Equality Act 2010 now poses many challenges in relation to the law on sex, race, religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation discrimination:
- direct and indirect discrimination
- direct harassment or harassment by a third party
- discrimination by association or perception
Liability under these heads of discrimination is uncapped, on top of which there is a cost of litigation in an Employment Tribunal where costs are seldom recovered.
Our advice and guidance at Coates and Co helps businesses implement risk management strategies to deal with these difficult areas. We help investigate and respond to complaints to avoid claims arising and deal with any that do efficiently and cost effectively.
Coates and Co also give ongoing support to enable businesses to decide on and implement the policies needed to respond to the wide range of employee rights they are likely to encounter within the workplace, including:
- maternity and paternity rights
- equal pay
- requests for flexible working
- family friendly policies
We at Coates and Co help you find the robust and commercial responses your business needs.