We at Lettice recognise and believe that it is unlawful to discriminate, directly or indirectly, against any employee, because of any of the following protected characteristics:
- gender reassignment
- marriage or civil partnership
- pregnancy or maternity
- race including colour
- ethnic or national origin
- religion, belief or lack of religion/belief
- sex or sexual orientation
It is also unlawful to discriminate against an employee because of their association with a person who is disadvantaged because of one of the above protected characteristics.
To discriminate means to treat any person less favourably than others are or would be treated in similar circumstances (either because of one of the above protected characteristics or because they are mistakenly perceived to possess a protected characteristic). It includes harassment of that person by a fellow employee of Lettice.
To take proactive action to ensure we are creating a safe, sustainable, and collaborative work environment, Lettice has an anonymous reporting system in place supported by an external charitable organisation. We have a dedicated senior management team member who is responsible for continually reviewing and implementing strategy surrounding the policy outlined here.
As a way of ensuring we are acting on our commitments to the policy outlined here we annually will ensure that all employees attend an externally run training programme completed by Equality & Diversity UK. This mandatory course will cover areas of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-cognitive bias. This is to become part of our internal staff compliance programme and to further the collaborative way of working we champion at Lettice. We want all those whom work for Lettice to have an opportunity to thrive in a safe and sustainable work place – this sustainability begins with our commitment to one another’s well being feeding into our core values.
Lettice is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is and continues to be fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity.
As our business continues to grow, we are committed to transparently publish the findings of our training schedule and of our developments in this crucial arena.