Preshute Parish Council
Equal Opportunities Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide equal opportunities to all employees, irrespective of their gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, age, nationality, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, marital status or social class. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.
All employees whether fulltime or part time, fixed contract, agency workers or temporary, will be treated fairly and equally. Selection for employment, training, renumiration or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability. All employees will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential and the talents and resources of the workforce will be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation.

OUR COMMITMENT
Every employee is entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity and respect to all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated.  This is further defined in the Dignity at Work policy adopted by the council.

The commitment to equal opportunities in the workplace is good management practice and makes sound business sense as it seeks to utilise the talents available from the local community, representing Society as a whole.

Breaches of our equal opportunities policy will be regarded as serious misconduct and could lead to disciplinary proceedings.  Employees are entitled to complain about discrimination or harassment or victimization through the council’s Grievance procedure.

This policy is fully supported by all Members of the council and adopts the model contract as devised by the employer (National Association of Local Councils) and the employee professional body in the local government sector (the Society of Local Council Clerks).

The policy will be monitored and reviewed annually. Other Personnel policies will be reviewed against the values stated in this main Equal Opportunities policy to ensure that the Council strives to remain an Equal Opportunities employer.


Signed: _____________________________________ Date: ______________________

(Print Name) _________________________________ Chair, Preshute Parish Council

Adopted March 2022