What Are The Legal And Organizational Requirements On Equality And Diversity Discrimination And Rights?


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Relating to individuals and key people's language and communication preferences
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Julii Brainard answered
A bit tricky to answer, because Blurtit is an international site -- okay, what website isn't? -- but it's hard to give you a correct answer without reference to a particular country or perhaps even state with a country.

I can give you some general principles, though, which cross borders. Most democracies have protective legislation towards at least some of their minority groups (minority in terms of how much power / wealth they hold, not necessarily minority by population numbers).

The most commonly protected groups are non-whites, lower castes, non-majority religion, females and disabled. Some countries (including the UK recently) have introduced (or intend to) legislation to prohibit discrimination by sexual preference (gays and lesbians).

There may be specific requirements on companies to employ or provide services/goods to a quota of people from each of these sub-groups. Even if there aren't such quotas enforced, the company/employer will be open to legal action if they cannot show they actively try to prevent discrimination against the minority groups. This includes guidance given to job interview panels as well as active monitoring of the composition of the staff and even possibly customers (whether they are in a protected group).

Basically, it means paperwork. To show that staff are ordered not to discriminate on certain grounds, as well as documents (such as CVs, reference letters) showing why certain job candidates were chosen over others (proving it wasn't based on the prohibited criteria), or that customers have been treated equally, regardless of race or other certain social characteristics.

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