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NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

As an integral part of UK labour law it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because they have one of the "protected characteristics", which are, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

It is the policy and commitment of Lapidus Association that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, colour, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability or religion.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Lapidus Association is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on account of race, age, colour, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion or otherwise as may be prohibited by British law under the Equality Act 2010.

Any employee, board member, volunteer or client who believes that s/he or any other affiliate of Lapidus Association has been discriminated against is strongly encouraged to report this concern promptly to the Chair.

Discriminatory Harassment:

Harassment or intimidation of a client, staff person or guest because of that person’s race, age,colour, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion is specifically prohibited and may be grounds for termination of employment, appointment or association.

Harassment and intimidation includes abusive, foul or threatening language or behaviour.

Lapidus Association is committed to maintaining a working environment that is free of any such harassment and will not tolerate discrimination against staff members, volunteers or agency clients.

Issues of discriminatory treatment, harassment, or intimidation on any of these bases should immediately be reported to the Chair or immediate supervisor and, if substantiated, prompt action will be taken.

For further guidance on the Equality Act, please see:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/equality-act-2010-guidance

Code of Practice

  • Lapidus Association will take action to ensure that all events and activities are open and welcoming to all members, and everybody entitled to become a member.
  • We aim to make our meetings and events accessible to people with disabilities – e.g. meet in accessible premises, provide sign language interpreters when necessary and produce information in large print.
  • Members who have experienced discrimination can make complaints to the Chair. If the Chair is unable to resolve the complaint, it will be referred to the Lapidus Board.

Code of Conduct

  • People will be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability and/or age.
  • At all times people’s feelings will be valued and respected. Language or humour that people find offensive will not be used, e.g. sexist or racist jokes or terminology which is derogatory to someone with a disability.
  • No one will be harassed, abused or intimidated on the ground of his or her race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability or age. Incidents of harassment will be taken seriously.

Dealing with Complaints

  • The Board will take complaints of discrimination and harassment very seriously.
  • They will investigate them thoroughly, and provide opportunities for the person making the complaint to speak in a safe environment about their experience.
  • If the complaint is against a particular individual, the Board will hear their point of view.
  • The Board will decide the action to take based on the principle of ensuring the continued inclusion and safety of any member who has experienced discrimination or harassment.
  • Any decision to terminate someone’s membership on grounds of perpetrating discrimination will be made transparently with the said member, and in line with all legal requirements under British law.

Review

This policy will be reviewed every 2 years

Date: 06/07/2017