People with different cultures, perspectives and beliefs are the cogs that allow SeaDog IT to function effectively. We want to recruit, develop and foster the most talented individuals, regardless of their background and make best use of their skills and experience.
SeaDog IT embeds our values of equality in everything we do, and recognizes that being a diverse and inclusive employer helps us fulfil our duty to make a difference in both the industry and for our clients. We seek to curate a working environment where we treat all employees as individuals, fairly and in a consistent way.
We work within the practice of the Equality Act 2010 by promoting a culture of respect and dignity – actively challenging discrimination, should it ever arise. We will remove any unnecessary barriers for our employees and clients alike; with training, continual improvement, and career development.
We will continue to support all members of the team to demonstrate the principles of diversity and inclusion in their everyday activities, roles and functions.
|IT Systems Manager
This policy outlines SeaDog IT’s approach to equality and diversity. SeaDog IT 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 work we produce.
SeaDog IT aims to be an inclusive organisation, committed to providing equal opportunities throughout employment including in the recruitment, training and development of employees, and to pro-actively tracking and eliminating discrimination.
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 SeaDog IT 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 on a substantive or fixed-term contract, and also to associated persons such as secondees, contractors and others employed under a contract of service.
You have personal responsibility for the application of this policy. You are expected to read and familiarise yourself with this policy, ensure that this policy is properly observed and fully complied with.
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. SeaDog IT will not tolerate any acts of unlawful or unfair discrimination (including harassment) committed against an employee, contractor, 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 at SeaDog IT. 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. 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.. For types of discrimination see the Annex to this policy.
Allegations regarding potential breaches of this policy will be treated in confidence and investigated in accordance with the appropriate procedure. SeaDog IT will ensure that individuals who make such allegations in good faith will not be victimised or treated less favourably by SeaDog IT as a result.
A person found to have breached this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.
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 SeaDog IT’s reputation (e.g. the expression of views on social media, contrary to the commitments expressed in this policy, that could be linked to SeaDog IT).
We set out below some specific areas of application:
Selection for employment at SeaDog IT will be on the basis of aptitude and ability. Where possible, SeaDog IT will capture applicants’ diversity demographics as part of its recruitment processes to promote the elimination of unlawful discrimination.
You may also be required to participate in training and development activities from time to time, to encourage the promotion of the principles of this policy.
All promotion decisions will be made on the basis of merit, and will not be influenced by any of the protected characteristics listed above. Promotion opportunities will be monitored to ensure equality of opportunity at all levels. Where appropriate, steps will be taken to identify and remove unnecessary or unjustifiable barriers to promotion.
The benefits, terms and conditions of employment and facilities available to SeaDog IT employees will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that access is not restricted by unlawful means and to provide appropriate conditions to meet the special needs of disadvantaged or under-represented groups.
As a private organisation, SeaDog IT follows the duties laid out under the Equality Act 2010. This policy will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by SeaDog IT to assess its effectiveness and may be amended from time to time.
This policy is for guidance only and does not form part of your contract of employment.
There are various types of discrimination prohibited by this policy. The main types are:
Direct discrimination occurs where one person is treated less favourably than another because of a protected characteristic set out in this policy. By way of example, refusing to promote a pregnant employee on the basis that she is shortly due to go on maternity leave would be direct discrimination on the protected characteristic of the employee’s sex. Other types of direct discrimination are:
Indirect discrimination occurs when an unjustifiable requirement or condition is applied, which appears to be the same for all, but which has a disproportionate, adverse effect on one group of people. This is discrimination even though there was no intention to discriminate. For example, a requirement for UK based qualifications could disadvantage applicants who have obtained their qualifications outside of the UK; this could amount to indirect discrimination on the grounds of race.
Victimisation is where an employee is treated less favourably than others because they have asserted legal rights against SeaDog IT or assisted a colleague in doing so. For example, victimisation may occur where an employee has raised a genuine grievance against SeaDog IT and is demoted as a result.
Harassment is “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.” It is important to remember that it is not the intention of the harasser but how the recipient perceives their behaviour, which determines whether harassment has occurred.