EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
Policy Statement and Principles
Daybreak is committed to achieving equality of opportunity as an employer and as a provider of counselling support to people involved in substance misuse. The charity recognises that groups of people have been and continue to be discriminated against in this society, and is concerned to take positive action to tackle discrimination and prejudice, and to take all positive steps to encourage a diverse work force and client group.
Daybreak values diversity in its work force and its client group. It is the charity's policy to ensure that candidates applying for employment, existing staff and clients will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, sexuality, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, age, class, marital or parental status, disability, health status or appearance.
The work of Daybreak is underpinned by a strong value base and organizational ethos which arises from, and continues to be informed by its Christian roots. This includes a belief in the intrinsic value of all people and their right to be treated with dignity and respect.
Daybreak is aware that equal opportunity is about good policy, procedures and practice throughout the organization. This policy should be seen as informing all other policy and procedural documents and working practice.
Daybreak recognises that equal opportunity is also about attitudes. It is the Charity's aim to ensure that discriminatory or oppressive language or behaviour is challenged at all times within the organization.
The overall objective of this policy is to ensure that the Charity achieves the aims set out above in all areas of its policy, procedure and practice.
i) Direct Discrimination
Direct discrimination arises when a person is treated less favourably than another on the grounds that they belong to one of those categories of persons listed in the Statement of Policy, or any such person commonly discriminated against.
ii) Indirect Discrimination
Indirect discrimination arises when the discriminator applies a condition of requirement which appears to apply to all groups equally, but which in fact excludes a disproportionate number of people from one particular group.
It is unlawful to victimize a person because they have brought proceedings or given evidence or information in the course of proceedings under the relevant anti-discrimination acts.
Harassment includes unreciprocated and unwelcome comments, looks, actions, materials, suggestions, or physical contact that is found objectionable and/or offensive and may create an intimidating environment.