Equality & Diversity Policy

Eastbourne Access group

 

Equality and Diversity Policy

 

Eastbourne Access group is committed to actively opposing all forms of discrimination.

 

No volunteer or colleague working with the access group will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of disability, race, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marital/civil partnership status, gender reassignment, pregnancy/maternity status, political belief or socio economic status. This is not an exhaustive list and any unwarranted behaviour will come under the spirit and intention of this policy. 

 

All volunteers, trustees and group members need to be aware of this policy in respect of their dealing with members of the public, volunteers from other organizations, colleagues from the statutory sector either in person or on line. 

 

All new volunteers will be made aware of this policy, it will be published on the website and reviewed periodically to ensure it is up to date. All volunteers should report any incidents or concerns to the chair(s) promptly.  

 

THE LAW

 

  • Equality Act 2010
  • Autism Act 2009
  • Human Rights Act 1998

 

HARASSMENT AND BULLYING

 

Any harassment or bullying are forms of discrimination.  Both are unlawful behaviour.

 

There are three types of harassment which are unlawful under the Equality Act 2010:

 

  • Harassment related to a relevant protected characteristic (disability, race, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marital/civil partnership status, gender reassignment).
  • Sexual harassment.
  • Less favorable treatment of a person because they submit to or reject sexual harassment or harassment related to sex.

 

Pregnancy and maternity is not protected directly under the harassment provisions, however, unwanted behaviour will amount to harassment related to sex.

 

Harassment occurs when you engage in unwanted behaviour which is related to a relevant protected characteristic and which has the purpose or effect of:

 

  • Violating a person’s dignity or
  • Creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the person.
  • The word ‘unwanted’ means ‘unwelcome’ or ‘uninvited’. It is not necessary for the person to say that they object to the behaviour for it to be unwanted.

 

In this context ‘related to’ has a broad meaning and includes situations where the person who is on the receiving end of the unwanted behaviour does not have the protected characteristic himself or herself, provided there is a connection between the behaviour and a protected characteristic. This would also include situations where the person is associated with someone who has a protected characteristic or is wrongly perceived as having a particular protected characteristic.

 

The access group will provide reasonable adjustments for disabled people to meet their individual, specific access needs in attending meetings, such as accessible formats for information, as well as to ensure meetings are held in accessible venues. 

 

Adopted April 2021

 

Review date December 2022