An equal opportunities policy is designed to ensure that an employer runs an inclusive organisation where everyone is treated with fairness, tolerance and dignity and where diversity is recognised and respected.

An employer should as a minimum comply with their equality obligations under the various pieces of anti-discrimination legislation. These are complex and it is highly recommended that expert advice is sought.

No employee or potential employee should be discriminated again on the grounds including, but not limited to: ethnicity, age, gender (including gender reassignment), disability, marital or civil partnership status, religious belief or political opinion, sexual orientation.