Equal Opportunities Policy
The Diocese of St Albans wholeheartedly supports the principle of equality of opportunity in employment and aims to ensure that:
- recruitment, selection, training, consideration for promotion and treatment at work for those who
are employed in a paid or voluntary capacity within our organisation,
- access to membership of our councils, committees and other groups
- access to benefits, facilities and services we provide
are available to all without discrimination and that no-one is disadvantaged in any of these matters by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be justifiable. It is recognised that there are currently some differences in conditions surrounding service between those who are lay or ordained, and also that some lay posts may nevertheless give rise to a genuine occupational requirement that the post-holder has a commitment to the Christian faith. However, the Diocese will work to ensure that there is no discrimination on grounds of race, colour, nationality – including citizenship – or ethnic or national origins, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religious or political affiliation, lay or ordained status, or any other respect which cannot be shown to be a necessary requirement of the job or office concerned.
The Equal Opportunities Policy was approved by Diocesan Synod on 10 June 2010. The Diocese has approved separate policies on Preventing Bullying & Harassment and Race Equality.