Discrimination in your business – How to avoid it

There are many types of discrimination you need to be aware of, and know to prevent, in your company. Whether it is race, gender, age or religion, having the appropriate policies in places will enable you to encourage equality and diversity in the workplace. It will also help you to avoid being accused of discrimination, and any potentially costly outcomes.

How do you prevent discrimination?

Acas, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, recommends three steps to encourage equality and avoid discrimination in your business.

Step One – Be aware of the key areas of work, such as recruitment, where discrimination is more common.

For example, when advertising vacancies, do you state your commitment to equal opportunities and steer clear of references that could be potentially discriminatory, such as ‘mature person’ or the number of years experience an applicant needs to have? You may also want to consider where you place your vacancy – is it reaching a large enough audience through your current methods?

Step Two – Put in place policies to encourage equality and diversity and try to stop discrimination. Encourage your employees to get involved in this, as they have a key part to play in supporting and adhering to the policy.

These HR policies could include:

  • recruitment,
  • pay,
  • terms and conditions,
  • promotions,
  • training,
  • religious practices
  • dress codes.

Setting out the measures you take, as an employer, to ensure that every employee (or potential employee) is treated equally demonstrates your commitment to your staff. Make sure these policies are read and understood by staff so they also understand their role.

Discrimination can occur outside of your control as an employer, between staff members, but having your policies in place shows your commitment to equality and diversity. It also helps employees come to you, and their line managers, if they do feel there are issues within the workplace.

Step Three – Measure your policies and the impact that your actions are having, and implement changes when necessary.

Monitoring the diversity in your workplace, and whether your staff feel they are treated equally, will allow you to know if your policy is working and where changes have to be made.

Do you have any questions about discrimination in your business, and how it can be avoided? Talk to HR That Helps today to find out more about diversity and equality in the workplace.



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