Equality & Diversity FAQs & Resources

As a leading provider of HR Compliance eLearning, our experts are often asked about Equality and Diversity in the Workplace. We've collected all of those questions and answered them for you below...

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Equality & Diversity FAQs

I have an illness, is that under the equality and diversity act?

If your illness is considered a disability then you are protected by the Equality & Diversity Act under one of their protected characteristics. A disability is defined as “physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.”

What are the protected characteristics?

• age,
• race,
• sex,
• sexual orientation,
• pregnancy and maternity,
• gender reassignment,
• religion or belief,
• marriage or civil partnership, or
• disability.

What does equality and diversity mean?

Equality is about ensuring that everyone has the same opportunities, rights and status. It also includes that people should be opportune to the same chances as everyone else, regardless of where they were born, what they believe in and if they have a disability.

Diversity is about understanding that every individual is unique and everyone is different and accepting and embracing everyone's differences.

What can you not ask in an interview?

Interview questions cannot be related to your age, country of origin, race/ethnicity, disability, religion, gender/sex or if you are pregnant or married. Here are some example questions that cannot be asked to you in an interview:

  • Are you a legal Citizen here?
  • Are you married?
  • How old are you?
  • How many sick days did you take in your last job?
  • Are you/is your wife pregnant?
  • What age do you plan to retire?
  • Do you have any religious beliefs?

My workplace hasn't provided adequate working conditions for my disability, what do I do?

Employers have to make adequate arrangements for someone if they have a disability at work. If they refuse to do so, they are not complying with the Equality & Diversity Act and can be prosecuted for it. You can do one of the three options, you can; talk them informally first to see if they even realised what was going on. You could complete a written grievance or make a complaint. Or you could make a claim to the employment tribunal. You should always try to sort things out with your employer before seeking external help.

What behaviour is unlawful?

It is unlawful to discriminate or victimise someone because they have, or they are associated with someone who has one of the perceived characteristics that the Equality & Diversity Act states.

How can I promote equality and diversity at work?

Ensure you have policies in your workplace that cover the protected characteristics of the Equality & Diversity Act. So policies such as: Equal Opportunities Policy, Maternity/Paternity Policy, Grievance Procedure Policy and Flexible Working Policy.

FAQs regarding our Equality & Diversity course

What legislation is relevant to this course?

The Equality & Diversity Act is relevant to this training course.

How long is this course?

This course is a 30-minute course.

What devices is this course available from?

Our courses can be completed on a range of devices, they’re compatible with Desktops, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and other tablets

What approvals does this course have?

This course is CPD accredited.

How long is my certificate valid for?

It is up to the training administrator of the employee as to when training needs to be refreshed. However, to stay up-to-date with legislation, we recommend that training should be renewed every year.

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