As one of the largest employers in the area, Bath and North East Somerset Council
is a champion of good equal opportunity principles and practice. We recognise that
discrimination can exist in many forms and through our Equal Opportunities Policy
we make sure that our employees and the people we serve are not discriminated against
or receive less favourable treatment on the basis of their: age, disability, financial
or economic status, gender, civil partnership or marital status, HIV status, homelessness
or lack of a fixed address, political view or trade union activity, race, colour,
ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, unrelated and
spent criminal convictions.
Our Equal Opportunities Policy has the full support of the recognised trade unions,
and all our employees are responsible for its implementation, whatever their job.
We will work to make sure that all employees receive training to help them identify
and eliminate discrimination wherever it occurs.
The Council supports worker challenge groups for Black & Minority Ethnic staff,
Disabled staff and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender staff. For further information
on our Workers Challenge Groups please click on the Recruitment Leaflet below.
Recruitment Leaflet June 2008
Positive about Disabled people
The Disability Discrimination Act imposes a duty on employers to implement employment
practices which assess people on the basis of their skills, aptitudes and abilities
The DDA also requires employers to:
- employ good management practices to avoid discrimination in the implementation of
- consider the practicality of taking measures to reduce any obstacle which places
the disabled person at a substantial disadvantage compared to those without a disability
- make 'reasonable adjustments' for a disabled person where necessary, unless he or
she can justify not providing this adjustment.
Bath and North East Somerset Council has been awarded the ‘2 Ticks’ scheme by JobCentre
Plus, as we have agreed to take action to meet five commitments regarding the employment,
training and career development of disabled people.
The main requirement is that the council will interview all disabled applicants
who meet the minimum (ie the essential) criteria for a job vacancy and consider
them on their skills and experience, regardless of the nature of their impairment.
Therefore, If you identify as a disabled person and meet the minimum criteria set
out in the person specification, we will guarantee that you are invited to interview.
Please note: This is a guarantee of an interview, but not necessarily of a job
If we appoint you and you are disabled, we will try to provide facilities, where
appropriate, to help you undertake the job. We encourage you to identify any needs
to help us meet our duties under the Disability Discrimination Act.