Oxford Care Services Ltd. aims to ensure that all its learners, staff and customers are treated equally irrespective of disability, race, colour, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation or marital status. Oxford Care Services Ltd. shall appoint, train and develop based on merit and ability.
We have a duty, both morally and legally, not to discriminate against individuals. This means that there shall be no discrimination on base of disability, race, colour, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation or marital status. To express this commitment, we develop, promote and maintain policies that will be conductive to the principles of fairness and equality in the workplace.
Disciplinary action under the Disciplinary Procedure shall be taken against any company member that is found to have committed an act of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory conduct and sexual or racial harassment shall be regarded as gross misconduct in accordance with the equal opportunity Act October 2010.
We will treat seriously all complaints of unlawful discrimination on any forbidden grounds made by employees, clients or other third parties and will act where appropriate.
All complaints will be investigated, as appropriate and the complainant will be informed of the outcome in line with our procedures.
We will also monitor the number and outcomes of complaints of discrimination made by staff, volunteers, clients and other third parties.
The new Equality Act came into force in October 2010 and replaces all previous equality legislation in England, Scotland and Wales – namely the Race Relations Act 1976, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the Sex Discrimination Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, The Civil Partnership Act 2004, the Employment Equality Regulations 2003 (religions and belief and sexual orientation).
The Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics are:
Age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief sex and sexual orientation.
In valuing diversity Oxford Care Services Ltd., Ltd has committed to go beyond the legal minimum regarding equality.
The Equality Act 2010 harmonises, strengthens and replaces most previous equality legislation. The following legislation is still relevant: