The role of an equal opportunities policy
A Ford case study

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Page 4: Sexual harassment

Ford 3 Image 5The Company recognises the problems that sexual harassment may cause in the workplace and is committed to ensuring that such unacceptable behaviour does not take place. Sexual harassment includes unwanted physical contact; suggestive remarks or behaviour; compromising invitations; demands for sexual favours and similar unwanted advances. Sexual harassment, like other unfair discriminatory conduct by an employee, is regarded as a breach of accepted standards of conduct.

Responsibility for Equal Opportunities

It is the duty of all employees to accept personal responsibility for the practical application of this Policy, but at the same time, the Company acknowledges that specific responsibilities fall upon management, supervisors and individuals professionally involved in recruitment and employee administration. To assist them, the Company will provide suitable and relevant equal opportunities training whenever necessary.

Responsibility for ensuring this Policy is consistently applied is assigned to the Equal Opportunities Manager, who will carefully monitor the operation of the Policy for both employees and job applicants.

However, it requires more than a formal statement to make this Policy work. The Policy will help to create the necessary conditions for success, but it is for each employee to make his or her own contribution. To this end, the Policy will be brought to the attention of every employee and job applicant and it will be kept under regular review.

‘The Company is determined to follow the principle of equal opportunity.’

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