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It makes good business sense to treat workers fairly and considerately. Organisations should ensure they have policies in place which are designed to prevent discrimination both to stay within the law and to attract the best employees.

It is unlawful to discriminate against people at work because of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation.

For equality and diversity advice, download our Advisory booklet - Delivering Equality and Diversity.

New research identifies creative solutions for managing SORB in the workplace

A new research study draws directly on employers' experiences of managing sexual orientation, religion and belief at work. Joint-funded by Acas and the CIPD, the research explores experience of SORB issues among employers and managers; the challenges they face; examples of good practice; and the generation of solutions. This practical-minded research report sets out creative new solutions and strategies for handling these key aspects of employing people in the workplace.

This report can be downloaded from

Did you know?

Acas offer free eLearning and also run practical training courses to equip managers, supervisors and HR professionals with the necessary skills to deal with employment relations issues and to create more productive workplace environments.

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Equality and diversity - Acas business solutions

We can visit your organisation to help you understand what needs to be done to address a range of issues related to equality and diversity and then work with you to develop practical solutions. For example we can help you develop dignity at work or bullying and harassment policies and procedures. Find out more from Find out more.

Acas Helpline

If you are unsure whether your policies meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 you can call the Acas Helpline on 0300 123 1100 for free and impartial advice.

Have you been approached by anyone claiming to be working in association with Acas?

If you think you have we've provided some advice and guidance on what to do and what to look out for to avoid Acas imitators.

Acas Model Workplace

Acas' free online tool - the Acas Model Workplace - is designed to help organisations check that they have the right people management policies in place.

Of those who have used the Acas online tool, more than a quarter (28%) said that it had made them aware of an area where their organisation was not complying with the law (through incorrect people policies and procedures).

A lot of employers don't realise that they are following out-of-date practices. Or that they need to introduce new policies to comply with employment legislation. Further findings from the survey of employers show that 55% actively changed practices based on what they found when using the Acas Model Workplace tool.

This tool is free to use. Why not take a few minutes to check your policies and procedures today.

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