Employers face paying a high price over complacency

are becoming increasingly complacent towards discrimination legislation and are
running the risk of being taken to employment tribunals.

survey of 1,100 employers by law firm Pinsent Curtis Biddle found that although
the majority of companies had equal opportunities policies, they were rarely
reviewed, not communicated effectively to staff and failed to keep pace with
legal changes.

to the results of the poll, more than 30 per cent of firms don’t review
policies regularly, only 53 per cent have diversity training and just 2 per
cent report their policy was very effective.

Norman, a partner at the firm, warned that simply having a policy wasn’t enough
and firms not complying with discrimination law would pay a high price.

number of disability discrimination claims has risen year-on-year for three
years, while the number of sex discrimination cases has doubled in the last two


By Ross Wigham

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