Discrimination, Harassment and Victimisation Awareness
All employers want fair and happy environments for their employees but unfortunately even in the best managed workplaces issues such as bullying and discrimination can occur. Over the past 40 years legislation has been developed to protects employees from work related discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Most recently the Equality Act of 2010 harmonised several older laws into new more modern legislation.
A fact that is not often appreciated by employers is that they may be held liable under the act for the wrongful actions of their employees or agents. According to the law anything done by an employee in the course of their employment is treated as having been done by the employer regardless of if it was done with the employers knowledge or not.
If you need any detail on the Equality Act then we recommend that you get advice from your local law practice but law firms all agree that one of the best ways for an employer to protect themselves from prosecution under the equality act is to:
- Have and implemented an anti-bullying/anti-harassment policy which they review regularly,
- Make all employees aware of the policy and what is and isn’t unacceptable behaviour in regards to bullying – normally through elearning training,
- Train managers and supervisors on harassment issues – and be able to prove that the individuals have had the training.
- Take steps to deal effectively with complaints including taking disciplinary action
This course is an an off the shelf ready to go 30 minute e-learning module designed specifically to meet the objective of training all employees on the content of standard discrimination, harassment and victimisation policies and to educate on what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour in the workplace.
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