Equal employment opportunity – what does it mean for managers?

As an equal opportunity employer in general, employers and supervisors must treat people fairly, whether they, or their relatives or associates, are male or female, from one ethnic group rather than another, married or not, older or younger, and so on.

Equal opportunity employment means you must not allow any prejudices or stereotyped views that you have about people of a particular sex, race, age and so on to influence them in relation to who you hire, how you treat people while they are working for you, or who you dismiss or make redundant.

For example, you might assume that an older person wouldn’t “fit in” with a predominantly young team, or that a woman isn’t worth sending for training because she might get pregnant and leave, or that a person with a disability wouldn’t be able to operate a computer or might make other people feel uncomfortable. All of these assumptions might be discriminatory if they result in the person being treated differently.

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