Our Commitment on Discrimination
Amba Design Studio Ltd are committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting equality and diversity in our own policies, practices and procedures and in influencing others to do the same in our dealings with staff, clients, tenants, and third parties.
We aim too treat everyone equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect regardless of their age, disability, gender, marital status, race, racial group, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion, belief or sexual orientation.
We are committed to complying in both letter and spirit with all anti-discrimination legislation and associated codes of practice in force either now or in the future.
Unlawful Grounds for Discrimination
Discrimination on any of the following grounds is unlawful:
- age (in respect of employment matters only);
- race, racial group, colour, ethnic or national origins;
- gender, pregnancy, or marital status;disability;
- sexual orientation;
- religion or belief.
Forms of Discrimination
The following are the kinds of discrimination, which are against Amba Design Studio Ltd’s policy:
(a) Direct discrimination, where a person is treated less favourably on the basis of a ground which is unlawful;
(b) Indirect discrimination, where a provision, criterion or practice which seems to be lawful would create a significant disadvantage for a substantial number of one group of persons compared with other persons on the basis of an unlawful ground unless that provision, criterion, or practice is objectively justified by a legitimate aim and the means of achieving that aim are appropriate and necessary;
(c) Victimisation, where someone is treated less favourably than others because he or she has taken action in respect of discrimination on unlawful grounds;
(d) Harassment, when unwanted conduct related to any unlawful ground takes place with the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive environment for any person. This is not limited to physical acts and may include verbal and non-verbal communications and gestures.
We recognise the value of a diverse workforce and will take steps to ensure that:
(i) we recruit from the widest pool of qualified candidates possible;
(ii) employment opportunities are open and accessible to all on the basis of their individual qualities and personal merit;
(iii) selection criteria and processes do not discriminate unjustifiably on any of the unlawful grounds other than where we are exercising permitted positive action;
(iv) all recruitment agencies acting for Amba Design Studio Ltdare aware of this policy and act in accordance with it.
Conditions of service
We will treat all staff equally and endeavour to create and maintain a working environment which is free from discrimination and harassment and which respects, wherever possible, the differing backgrounds and beliefs of employees. Terms and conditions of service for employees will comply with antidiscrimination legislation.
The provision of any staff benefit such as working hours, leave and maternity leave arrangements, performance appraisal schemes, bonus schemes, dress codes, or any other conditions of employment will not discriminate against any employee on any unlawful grounds. Where it is possible and reasonable to do so, Amba Design Studio Ltd will endeavour to provide appropriate facilities and conditions of service which take into account the specific needs of employees which arise from their ethnic or cultural background; gender; responsibilities as carers; disability; religion or belief; or sexual orientation.
Contractors, Suppliers, Agents, and Third Parties
Any decisions regarding the suitability of suppliers and contractors, agents or other third parties to provide goods or services to us or to our clients will be made in accordance with this policy and not on any of the unlawful grounds. All suppliers, contractors, agents, or other third parties instructed by Amba Design Studio Ltd, whether for itself or on behalf of clients, will be made aware of this policy and the need to adhere to it. Failure of any supplier, contractor, agent or other third party or of any of its staff to adhere to the principles set out in this policy or to carry out any discrimination on unlawful grounds will be investigated and appropriate action taken which may include immediate termination of our relationship with them.
We are free to decide whether to accept instructions from any particular client, but any refusal to act or decision to terminate our services will not be based upon any unlawful grounds. We will not accept instructions from clients who contravene
this policy. Where we are required by anti-discrimination legislation to do so and where it is reasonable we will make adjustments to our own working practices to accommodate the needs of any person falling under the appropriate antidiscrimination legislation.
We will advise all clients of this policy on taking instructions from them. Where tenants or occupiers make requests under antidiscrimination legislation we will advise clients regarding the reasonableness of these requests; and where the client chooses not to comply with the request and we believe that non-compliance to be unlawful we will make our position clear to all parties in writing and reconsider whether to terminate our services.
Ultimate responsibility for implementing the policy rests with Martin Assehton. All our staff are expected to be aware and take notice of the provisions of our antidiscrimination policy and are responsible for ensuring compliance with it when fulfilling their duties or representing Amba Design Studio Ltd. Acts of discrimination or harassment on any of the unlawful grounds or failure to comply with this policy by our staff will result in disciplinary action.
Acts of discrimination or harassment on any of the unlawful grounds by those acting on behalf of Amba Design Studio Ltd will lead to appropriate action including termination of employment or services where appropriate.
Acts of discrimination or harassment on any of the unlawful grounds by clients or requests by clients for us to carry out any act of discrimination or harassment on any of the unlawful grounds will lead to termination of our service agreement with
Complaints of discrimination
We will treat seriously, and, where appropriate, will take action regarding all complaints of discrimination or harassment on any of the unlawful grounds made by employees, clients, tenants, contractors or other third parties. All complaints will be investigated in accordance with our grievance or complaints procedure and the complainant will be informed of the outcome.