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Business Briefing: Clash of Protected Characteristics in the Workplace
What happens when employees’ protected characteristics clash?
How do you deal with an employee who refuses to participate in equality and diversity training because some of the topics that are being covered violate their beliefs? Get it wrong as an employer and you could face a damaging and costly discrimination claim. At our next business briefing we will look at this area, specifically, and the steps that employers need to be aware of, and offer guidance.
Employers rightly want to promote non-discriminatory and an inclusive culture in the workplace and this case has left employers in a state of flux, where they will have to strike a balance between allowing the freedom of speech and accommodating opposing beliefs, whilst ensuring that the workplace is free from discrimination and harassment.
This case can leave employers facing difficult situations, such as managing an individual who refuses to carry out all or part of their role because they believe it would violate their beliefs, managing an employee who refuses to participate in training because it covers topics which are against their beliefs, or undertake activities that they believe would violate their beliefs.
Join us for this Business Briefing event, with Brabners, where their experts will provide valuable information to support members.