Saturday, 29th April 2017
TIME TO WAKE UP
In Britain, the formal approval of the Equality Act on 8th April 2010, heralds a major new step in ensuring that human beings have equal rights across the board, and do not suffer discrimination in the workplace for race, gender, religion&belief, disability, age & sexuality. Empolyers can no longer just tick boxes and hide behind clouds of opaqueness as their actions have to be transparent and accountable. They will be monitored and whereas in the past, individuals who complained were silenced or removed, they will now need to show positive structural changes by Employment Tribunals to stamp out institutional discrimination.
Ethnic professionals can come under a number of discrimination categories at the same time: For example, a Chinese woman employee can be old, have a different belief and be disabled all at the same time. In such cases, discrimination can be suffered at multiple levels, and this is all illegal now. This is good news for minority ethnic employees - their opportunities to get jobs, get promoted, and even reach the top have now got strong legal support.
What employers need to do now is to:
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