General Policy Statement
The firm supports the principle of Equality and Diversity in employment wholeheartedly and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.
We believe that it is in the firm’s best interests and those of all who work in it, to ensure that the human resources, talents and skills available throughout the community are considered when employment opportunities arise.
To this end we are committed, wherever practicable and consistent with our statutory and professional obligations, to achieving and maintaining a workforce which broadly reflects the composition of the adult population of Greater Manchester. We encourage and support the recruitment, retention and career development of people from as wide a range as possible of ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds.
We will continue to take every possible step to ensure that individuals are treated equally and fairly and that decisions on recruitment, selection, training, promotion and career management are based solely on individual merits and abilities, appropriate to the job.
We work within the requirements of all current legislation and we implement the provisions of regulatory codes of practice in employment.
Equal Opportunities Policy
Beever and Struthers aims to provide a workplace in which all staff are treated in a fair and consistent manner. We will ensure, to the best of our ability, that staff and all others who have contact with the firm are not discriminated against, either directly or indirectly.
We are committed to providing equality of opportunity in all areas of dealing with staff, whether in recruitment and selection, promotion or training and development.
We will not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment. Any employee having a complaint of discrimination or harassment is encouraged to raise the matter. Such instances will be viewed very seriously and dealt with under the Company Disciplinary policy and in line with the Equality Act 2010. The complaint will be fully examined and all possible action taken to eradicate the problem.
If any concerns or queries about any equality issue at work arise, whether it may be to do with personal experience or lack of clarity on how to deal with a specific issue, the relevant Partner should be contacted in the first instance. If this is inappropriate in the circumstances, then our Senior Partner or HR Director should be contacted.
Implementing our Policy
In order to put our existing policy of Equality and Diversity on to a more structured basis and to develop its application in the day-to-day operation of the business, we continually:
All employees are reminded that they have a responsibility to play their part in achieving the objectives set out in the policy statement and any discrimination or breaches will be dealt with through the Disciplinary Procedure.
Equal Opportunities in Practice
Beever and Struthers takes its equal opportunity obligations seriously and believes that having a strategy and policy in this area is not enough. We have sought to embed the philosophy through our working practices over a number of years. Specific examples of positive actions taken in this area include:
“We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships."