The Equality Act 2010 contains the specific requirements that apply to any organisation that carries out public function, such as Wilberforce Sixth Form College.
These requirements state that we must:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- Foster good relations between different groups
The Act outlines nine protected characteristics:
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Marriage and civil partnerships
Discrimination, harassment and victimisation may include:
- Name calling
- Verbal threats and abuse
- Unwelcome physical contact
- Being deliberately excluded or left out
- Abuse via texts, emails or social media
- Non-verbal abuse including wolf whistling, signs and gestures
- Homophobic bullying or harassment
It is important to remember that you do not have to be the recipient of such discrimination or harassment to complain about it.
If you become aware of any discriminatory or bullying behaviour or action, you are encouraged to report this immediately. Acts of racial discrimination, harassment, victimisation or abuse will be treated as a serious disciplinary offence. Further detailed information on how to raise a complaint can be found within the Single Equality Scheme.