Equality and Diversity in the workplace.
In this report, I will examine equality and diversity, including a reflection on my learning and ability to handle issues arising in my workplace.
The Equality Act (2006) and Human Rights Act (1998) are about true equality and equal opportunities, making sure all people in our communities are included by giving them the power to help shape the society they live in. Equality and opportunity for all will bring about a more inclusive, humane, cohesive and fairer society. Carers have a personal, public and legal duty to ensure that they always focus on equality, human rights and good relations between people, regardless of their abilities or ...view middle of the document...
It is illegal to discriminate or sexually harass someone in many places including, accommodation, clubs, goods and services, employment, education, selling and transferring land and sport.
Throughout time discrimination has become prevalent due to oppression, historically oppression is characterised by harsh laws and the enforcement of unjust practice, with severe punishment. It is commonly based on religious, ideological, or social grounds.
Marin Luther King Jnr (1929-1968) stated that “A good many observers have remarked that if equality could come at once the Negro would not be ready for it. I submit that the white American is even more unprepared”.
A more recent example of oppression relating to the equality law was given by leaders of the Roman Catholic bishops, over a plan by the European Commission for an Equal Treatment Directive which would, it was claimed, force Christians to act against their consciences. The directive is aimed at harmonising and enforcing a ban across the 27 members of the E.U. on discrimination, on the grounds of sexual orientation, age, religious belief, and disability, outside the realms of employment law. The bishops state that by implementing this directive, the rights and liberties of religious freedom of expression would be curtailed, and they would be powerless to stop witches from hiring church property, also from insisting that church events would be conducted in a way consistent of Christian teaching. The Church is looking for the simple right to maintain its own teaching according to its own ethos, and gave an example, that organisers of a Catholic conference would be legally obliged to make double rooms available to gay and unmarried couples as well as for heterosexuals. It was stated that at this point the EU would be dictating to religious bodies what their faith does or does not require, which was a wholly unacceptable position, thus any persons who were offended by an expression of Christianity could bring a case against the Church.
Monsignor Andrew Summersgill, (2009) said “Homosexual groups campaigning for same-sex marriage may declare themselves to be offended by the presentation of the Catholic Church’s moral teaching on marriage, and an atheist may be offended by the religious pictures in an art gallery, or a Muslim may be offended by any picture representing the human form”. It appears the directive fails to explain how conflicting rights could be reconciled, leading to fears that the EU will subordinate the rights of Christians from other groups. If the directive cannot provide a balance to these conflicting rights, there is a risk that the directive could be turned into an instrument of oppression.
Equality in people with disabilities.
The disability equality was introduced into legislation in the Disability Discrimination Act (amended 2005). It means that public bodies must have ‘due regard’ to the need to:
* Promote equality of opportunity between disabled and other people