As with Huntswood employees, we strongly believe that all our associates and any staff supplied by them are entitled to an environment free from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, sex including pregnancy and maternity, transgender identity and history, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, because someone is married, in a civil partnership or of part time status (“Protected Characteristics”).
Discrimination can be direct or indirect.
By Discrimination We Mean:
- Where a person is treated less favourably than another because of a Protected Characteristic
- Where a provision, criterion or practice is applied that is discriminatory in relation to individuals who have a relevant Protected Characteristic
- Associative discrimination is where an individual is directly discriminated against or harassed for association with another individual who has a protected characteristic
Example: Promotion/progression of an individual is refused because she is married to a Christian. This would be direct religious or belief-related discrimination because of her association with her husband
- Perceptive discrimination is where an individual is directly discriminated against or harassed based on a perception that he/she has a Protected Characteristic
- Example: A job application is rejected from a white woman who the recruiter strongly thinks is black, because the applicant has an African sounding name. This would constitute direct race discrimination based on mistaken perception