Encouraging equality and diversity
Meet the Germans is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination.
The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.
The organization - in providing goods and/or services and/or facilities - is also committed against unlawful discrimination of customers or the public.
The policy’s purpose is to:
- provide equality, fairness and respect for all in our organisation, this includes the ambassadors, the volunteers and all other members of the team
- not unlawfully discriminate characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy, and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation
oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes pay and benefits, terms and conditions of employment, dealing with grievances and discipline, dismissal, redundancy, leave for parents, requests for flexible working, and selection for employment, promotion, training or other developmental opportunities
The organization commits to:
- encourage equality and diversity in the workplace as they are good practice and make business sense
- create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimization, unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognized and valued
This commitment includes introduction for all team members about their rights and responsibilities under the equality policy. Responsibilities include team members conducting themselves to help the organization provide equal opportunities in employment, and prevent bullying, harassment, victimization and unlawful discrimination.
All team members should understand they, as well as their employer, can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimization and unlawful discrimination, during their employment, against team members, customers, suppliers and the public.
- take seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimization and unlawful discrimination by team members, customers, suppliers, visitors, the public and any others during the organization’s work activities.
Such acts will be dealt as misconduct under the organization’s grievance and/or disciplinary procedures, and any appropriate action will be taken. Particularly serious complaints could amount to gross misconduct and lead to dismissal without notice
- Further, sexual harassment may amount to both a contract rights matter and a criminal matter, such as in sexual assault allegations
- make opportunities for training, development and progress available to all staff, who will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential, so their talents and resources can be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation
- decisions concerning team members being based on merit (apart from in any necessary and limited exemptions and exceptions allowed under the German law)
- review employment practices and procedures when necessary to ensure fairness, and update them and the policy to take account of changes in the law
- monitor the make-up of the workforce regarding information such as age, gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and disability in encouraging equality and diversity, and in meeting the aims and commitments set out in the equality policy
Monitoring will also include assessing how the equality policy, and any sporting action plan, are working in practice, reviewing them annually, and considering and acting to address any issues.
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