Tackle discrimination in employment

Everyone should have the opportunity to argue their case if they feel they have been discriminated against. This should be about need and ability not about ethnicity. Some issues are complex and ways of completing applications, for example with competency frameworks mean some people don’t get a fair chance.

Why the contribution is important

Employment is a key issue - if discrimination isn’t tackled here then it causes a range of disadvantages.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 15, 2015 at 04:22PM

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  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 October 27, 2015 at 09:33

    From Fairer Scotland Inverness Planning Event:

    Equality in employment procedures should be automatic and it is important to identify ways to make this happen.

    There should be support for employers to be good employers, and they should be incentivised to act in desirable ways. There are voluntary schemes, e.g. healthier working life, but how effective these are is unclear.

    Employment cases where there are mental health/stress related issues should be automatically referred to the Health and Safety Executive and the local authority.

    This would mean that toxic workplaces were automatically scrutinised and problems tackled. But this needs to be balanced with employees right to confidentiality.

    There should be new legislation about corporate bullying and support for employees with someone who can speak for them, for example in relation to issues like bullying. There should also be support for employers who want advice on equality issues.

    Employees currently have to work for two years before they get full employment rights. This needs to change, with rights applying after the end of the probationary period with full employment rights including access to tribunals e.g. on unfair dismissal.

    This is important because employment is a key issue and discrimination causes a range of disadvantages.
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