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CAMDEN CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAUX SERVICE Equal Opportunities in Employment - Statement of Policy 1. All job applicants and employees have a right to equal opportunity in employment. The purpose of this statement is to set out clearly and publicly CCABS' commitment to preventing discrimination and stimulating equality of opportunity in employment with the organisation. 2. CCABS accepts that in society certain groups or individuals may have been denied equal opportunities in the past and that as an employer, it is committed to taking positive steps to remedy this situation. 3. CCABS believes that in providing a service in a multi-racial area like Camden it is essential to eliminate discrimination and promote good relations and equality of opportunity. 4. In addition to its moral and social responsibilities CCABS accepts the statutory requirements laid down in the Race Relations Act, the Sex Discrimination Act and the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act. 5. CCABS commits itself to establishing an equal opportunity policy for employees and potential employees. Areas of discrimination the policy specifically aims to cover are: age, class, creed or religion, disability, marital status, race (ethnic or national origin), sex, sexual orientation and spent convictions of ex-offenders. 6. CCABS recognises that passive policies will not in themselves improve and extend employment opportunities. Black, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities are under-represented in the workforce. CCABS commits itself to taking positive steps to redress the balance and ensure that equality of opportunity is genuinely available. 7. CCABS recognises that in addition to its role as employer it has a duty to ensure that the service it provides is equally and freely available to all people. This policy statement should be taken in conjunction with statements from the Management Committee on the implementation of equality of opportunity within the Committee itself and in service provision. 8. The aims of the equal opportunity in employment policy are to ensure that: a) No job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment than another. b) No applicant or employee is placed at a disadvantage by requirements or conditions which are not strictly job-related and by disregarding assumptions and preferences which are discriminatory. c) Where appropriate and where permitted under relevant legislation employees of under-represented groups are given encouragement to achieve equal opportunity within the organisation. -1-
"Equal Opportunities Policy - CAM"