Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful to discriminate against an individual on the
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
These are known as “protected characteristics” in Section 4 of the 2010 Act.
Section 149 of the 2010 Act imposes a duty on public authorities, including Parish Councils, to take into account the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination and harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between those who share protected characteristics and those who do not.
Brington and Molesworth Parish Council:
- Accepts its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 in relation to employees (see below), contractors, customers and all other persons with whom it has dealings.
- Expects and encourages its members, employees and any other persons acting on its behalf to support and carry out the requirements of its Equal Opportunities Policy.
The Council as an Employer
Brington and Molesworth Parish Council will:
- Provide equal opportunities to all employees or prospective employees, irrespective of their characteristics (unless there are genuine and objectively justified reasons for a different approach to be taken).
- Oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination, victimisation or harassment on the grounds of any of the protected characteristics defined in the Equality Act 2010.
- Treat all employees, whether full-time, part-time, fixed contract, agency workers or temporary, fairly and equally.
- Ensure that selection for employment, promotion, training, remuneration or any other benefit is solely on the basis of aptitude and ability.
- Help and encourage all employees to develop their full potential.
- Provide a working environment which promotes dignity and respect to all.
- Not allow or condone any form of intimidation, bullying or harassment.
- Regard breaches of its Equal Opportunities Policy as misconduct which could lead to disciplinary proceedings.