EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
We are a majority female-owned business.
We believe in equal opportunities for all. We are committed to a policy of treating all employees, workers and job applicants equally. No employee or potential employee will receive less favourable treatment because of any 'protected characteristic', namely:
- Age (or perceived age);
- Disability (past or present);
- Gender reassignment;
- Marriage or civil partnership status;
- Race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins;
- Religion or belief;
- Sexual orientation;
- Maternity, pregnancy or family leave;
- Trade union membership (or non-membership); and
- Part-time or fixed term status.
No employee or potential employee will be disadvantaged by any conditions of employment that cannot be justified as necessary on operational grounds.
These principles of equality of opportunity and non-discrimination also apply to the manner in which our staff treat clients, service users, our business partners and visitors.
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