Introduction

Walmsley Wilkinson Associates recognises that it is essential to provide equal opportunities to all persons without discrimination. This policy sets out our position on equal opportunity in all aspects of employment, including recruitment and promotion, giving guidance and encouragement to employees at all levels to act fairly and prevent discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, marital status, disability, age, part-time and fixed term contract status, sexual orientation or religion.

Statement

(a) It is the policy of Walmsley Wilkinson Associates to ensure that no Candidate or Employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, race, marital status, disability, age, part-time or fixed term contract status, sexual orientation or religion, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be justifiable. We are committed not only to our legal obligations but also to the positive promotion of equality opportunity in all aspects of employment.
(b) We recognise that adhering to the Equal Opportunities Policy, combined with relevant employment policies and practices, maximises the effective use of individuals in both the Organisation’s and Employees´ best interests. Walmsley Wilkinson Associates recognises the great benefits in having a diverse workforce with different backgrounds, solely employed on ability.
(c) The application of recruitment, training, and promotion policies to all individuals will be on the basis of job requirements and the individual’s ability and merits.
(d) All Employees of Walmsley Wilkinson Associates will be made aware of the provisions of this policy.

Recruitment 

(a) Vacancy advertisements will display sufficiently clear and accurate information to enable potential Candidates to assess their own suitability for the opportunity. Information about vacancies will be provided in such a manner that does not restrict its audience in terms of sex, race, marital status, disability, age, part-time or fixed term contract status, sexual orientation or religion.
(b) Recruitment information will not imply a preference for one group of Candidates unless there is a genuine occupational qualification which limits the post to this particular group, in which case this must be clearly stated.
(c) All descriptions and specifications for vacancies will include only requirements that are necessary and justifiable for the effective performance of the job.
(d) All selection will be thorough, conducted against defined criteria and will deal only with the Candidate’s suitability for the job. Where it is necessary to ask questions relating to personal circumstances, these will be related purely to job requirements and asked to all Candidates.

Employment

(a) Walmsley Wilkinson Associates will not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age, part-time or fixed term contract status, sexual orientation or religion in the allocation of duties between Employees employed at any level with comparable job descriptions.
(b) Walmsley Wilkinson Associates will put in place any reasonable measures and/or adjustments within the workplace for those Employees who become disabled during employment or for any disabled Appointees.
(c) All Employees will be considered solely on their merits for career development and promotion with equal opportunities for all.

Training

(a) Employees will be provided with appropriate training regardless of sex, race, marital status, disability, age, part-time or fixed term contract status, sexual orientation or religion.
(b) All Employees will be encouraged to discuss their career prospects and training needs with their Line Manager.

Grievances and Victimisation

(a) Walmsley Wilkinson emphasises that discrimination is unacceptable conduct which may lead to disciplinary action under our Disciplinary Procedure.
(b) Any complaints of discrimination will be pursued through our Grievance Procedure.