Equal Opportunities Policy
Introduction to this policy
- This is the Bristol Improv Theatre's equal opportunities policy.
- A copy of this policy is available from the theatre offices, or by emailing the Bristol Improv Theatre Board of Directors at the following address: email@example.com.
- If your vision is impaired and arrangements can be made, in special circumstances, for an audio version to be made available.
- This policy is maintained by the BIT Board of Directors, who can be contacted via the above email address. The Board of Directors undertake to review and update this policy both at regular intervals and following any upheld complaints where it is deemed necessary to do so.
Statement of Intent
The BIT recognises and affirms its legal obligations relating to discrimination, which are as follows:
- The Equal Opportunities and Discrimination (Equality Act 2010). The new Equality Act came into force in October 2010 and replaces all previous equality legislation in England, Scotland and Wales – namely the Race Relations Act 1976, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the Sex Discrimination Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, The Civil Partnership Act 2004, the Employment Equality Regulations 2003 (religions and belief and sexual orientation).
- The Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics are: Age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race , religion or belief sex and sexual orientation. The Equality Act 2010 harmonises and strengthens and replaces most previous equality legislation. The following legislation is still relevant:
- The Human Rights Act 1998.
- The Work and Families Act 2006.
- Employment Equal Treatment Framework Directive 2000 (as amended).
- In valuing diversity the Bristol Improv Theatre is committed to go beyond the legal minimum regarding equality.
Statement of policy
- The Bristol Improv Theatre recognises that we live in a society where discrimination still operates to the disadvantage of many groups in society.
- The Bristol Improv Theatre believes that all persons should have equal rights to recognition of their human dignity, and to have equal opportunities to be educated, to work, receive services and to participate in society.
- The Bristol Improv Theatre is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities within the Bristol Improv Theatre, and affiliated organisations, through the way we manage the organisation and provide services to the community. In order to express this commitment, we develop, promote and maintain policies that will be conductive to the principles of fairness and equality in the workplace.
- The objective of this policy is that no person should suffer or experience less favourable treatment, discrimination or lack of opportunities on the grounds of gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religious or philosophical beliefs, health status, HIV status, age, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, political beliefs or trade union membership, class, responsibility for dependents, physical attributes, ex-offender status as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, lack of formal qualifications where such qualifications are not formally required, or any other grounds which cannot be shown to be justifiable within the context of this policy.
Application of Policy
- This policy will influence and affect every aspect of activities carried out at the Bristol Improv Theatre i.e. promotional work, outreach work, productions and other functions linked to the Bristol Improv Theatre, as determined by the directors.
- In the provision of services and the employment of staff, the Bristol Improv Theatre is committed to promoting equal opportunities for everyone. Throughout its activities, the Bristol Improv Theatre will treat all people equally whether they are:
- Seeking or using our services.
- Applying for a job or already employed by us.
- Trainee workers and students on work experience or placements.
- Volunteer workers.
- To apply this policy the BIT shall:
- Communicate the policy to employees, job applicants, volunteers and relevant others.
- Incorporate specific and appropriate duties in respect of implementing the equal opportunities policy into job descriptions and work objectives of all staff.
- Ensure that those who are involved in assessing candidates for recruitment or promotion will be trained in nondiscriminatory selection techniques.
- Incorporate equal opportunity notices into general communications practices.
- Ensure that adequate resources are made available to fulfil the objectives of the policy.
Complaints of Discrimination
- The Bristol Improv Theatre will treat seriously all complaints of unlawful discrimination on any forbidden grounds made by employees, directors, clients or other third parties and will take action where appropriate.
- All complaints will be investigated in accordance with the organisation's, complaints management policy as appropriate and the complainant will be informed of the outcome in line with these procedures.
Recruitment & selection
- The recruitment and selection process is crucially important to any equal opportunities policy. We will endeavour through appropriate training to ensure that employees, making selection and recruitment decisions will not discriminate, whether consciously or unconsciously, in making these decisions.
- Promotion and advancement will be made on merit and all decisions relating to this will be made within the overall framework and principles of this policy.
- Job descriptions, where used, will be revised to ensure that they are in line with our equal opportunities policy. Job requirements will be reflected accurately in any personnel specifications.
- We will adopt a consistent, non-discriminatory approach to the advertising of vacancies.
- All applicants who apply for jobs with us will receive fair treatment and will be considered solely on their ability to do their job.
- Shortlisting and interviewing will be carried out by more than one person where possible.
- Interview questions will be related to the requirements of the job and will not be of a discriminatory nature.
- Selection decisions will not be influenced by any perceived prejudices of other staff.
- We will also monitor the number and outcomes of complaints of discrimination made by staff, volunteers, clients and other third parties.
- We will maintain and review the employment records of all employees in order to monitor the progress of this policy.
- Monitoring may also involve:
- The collection and classification of information regarding the race in terms of ethnic/national origin and sex of all applications and current employees;
- The examination by ethnic/national origin and sex of the distribution of employees and the success rate of the applicants; and
- Recording recruitment, training and promotional records of all employees, the decisions reached and the reason for those decisions.
- The results of any monitoring procedure will be reviewed at regular intervals to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of this policy. Consideration will be given, if necessary, to adjusting this policy to afford greater equality of opportunities to all applicants and staff.