Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy Statement

Wychavon District Council has a positive equal opportunities policy both as an employer and in its provision of services.

The aim of the policy is to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, social class, responsibility of dependants, trade union or political activities, religious beliefs, spent offences or is disadvantaged by any conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justified.

This principle will apply to selection, training, promotion, transfer, pay, benefits, procedures and all terms and conditions of employment,

The Council will also make use of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 which allows for initiatives to encourage under-represented groups to apply for posts and for specific training where appropriate.

It will seek to encourage all external employers to apply the principles of the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to all work undertaken for the Authority.

As regards the provisions of services such as planning, housing and engineering, community services, the Council will take positive action to ensure that all requests by recipients of any service are treated equally. Policies and procedures will be designed so as not to discriminate intentionally or unintentionally against any group or individual on any unjustifiable grounds. The Council will also seek to respond to any special needs experienced by particular groups.

The Authority will ensure implementation of this policy by regularly reviewing effectiveness.

Any employee who feels that they may have a complaint under this policy should raise the matter in accordance with the Council's agreed Grievance Procedure. Applicants for employment who feel that they may have grounds for complaint should write to the Personnel, Payroll and Development Manager.