We seek to develop a work environment where we treat all employees as individuals, fairly and in a consistent way. We work within the spirit and the practice of the Equality Act 2010 by promoting a culture of respect and dignity and actively challenging discrimination, should it ever arise.
We will remove unnecessary barriers for our employees seeking opportunities through training and development, promotion and career planning. We will continue to support our leaders, managers and employees to demonstrate the principles of diversity and inclusion in their everyday activities, roles and functions.
This policy sets out YunoJuno’s approach to equality and diversity.
YunoJuno is committed to promoting equality and diversity and promoting a culture that actively values difference and recognises that people from different backgrounds and experiences can bring valuable insights to the workplace and enhance the way we work.
YunoJuno aims to be an inclusive organisation, committed to providing equal opportunities throughout employment including in the recruitment, training and development of employees, and to proactively tackling and eliminating discrimination.
At YunoJuno, we consider that equality means breaking down barriers, eliminating discrimination and ensuring equal opportunities and access for all groups both in employment, and to goods and services.
We consider diversity to mean celebrating difference and valuing everyone. Each person is an individual with visible and non-visible differences and by respecting this everyone can feel valued for their contributions which is beneficial not only for the individual but for YunoJuno too.
We acknowledge that equality and diversity are not interchangeable but interdependent.
There can be no equality of opportunity if difference is not valued and harnessed.
The rights and obligations set out in this policy apply equally to all employees, whether part-time or full-time, permanent or freelancer, or employed under a contract of service.
This policy is also of particular relevance to directors, line managers and other employees concerned with recruitment, training and promotion procedures and employment decisions which affect others.
Every employee is entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity, equality and respect for all. YunoJuno will not tolerate any acts of unlawful or unfair discrimination (including harassment) committed against an employee, freelancer, job applicant or visitor because of a protected characteristic:
Discrimination on the basis of work pattern (part-time working, fixed term contract, flexible working) which is unjustifiable will also not be tolerated. All employees will be encouraged to develop their skills and fulfil their potential and to take advantage of training, development and progression opportunities in YunoJuno.
Selection for employment, promotion, training, or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability.
No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated. As an employee, if you believe that you may have suffered discrimination because of any of the above protected characteristics, you should consider the appropriateness and feasibility of attempted informal resolution by discussion in the first instance with your line manager or another colleague in a relevant position of seniority. You may decide in the alternative to raise the matter through YunoJuno's Grievance Procedure.
Allegations regarding potential breaches of this policy will be treated in confidence and investigated in accordance with the appropriate procedure. YunoJuno will ensure that individuals who make such allegations in good faith will not be victimised or treated less favourably by YunoJuno as a result. However, false allegations of a breach of this policy which are found to have been made in bad faith will be dealt with under YunoJuno's Disciplinary Policy. A person found to have breached this policy may be subject to disciplinary action under YunoJuno’s Disciplinary Policy.
Employees may also be personally liable for any acts of discrimination prohibited by this policy that they commit, meaning that they can be sued by the victim.
This policy applies to all conduct in the workplace and also to conduct outside of the workplace that is related to your work (e.g. at meetings, social events and social interactions with colleagues) or which may impact on YunoJuno’s reputation (e.g. the expression of views on social media, contrary to the commitments expressed in this policy, that could be linked to YunoJuno).
We set out below some specific areas of application: