In adopting a best practice approach, the County Council fully recognises that its employment practices are a major influence on the community at large and intends that its equalities policies should reach out into the community it serves.
The policy applies to potential as well as actual employees and relates to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, pay, terms and conditions of service, promotion, development and training, transfer, grievance and disciplinary procedures and in making arrangements for working in the County Council. The policy will be made known to all employees and applicants for jobs.
All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs offered by the County Council and no applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, religion or belief, sexual orientation, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless Genuine Occupational Qualifications (GOQ) applies.
In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any County Council job, which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group.