Understand the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion
1.1 Define what is meant by:
• Diversity: is meant by acknowledging that each individual is unique and recognising individual differences, for example; culture, ability, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other individual characteristic.
• Equality: is fair treatment and access to opportunities for all regardless of differences like their ability, culture, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or any other group characteristic.
• Inclusion: is to embrace all people regardless of race, gender, age, ability etc. its about recognising we are one although we not the same and to have a sense of belonging.
• Discrimination: is an unfair or unequal treatment of an individual or group on the grounds of age, ability, gender, race etc. its being disadvantaged or excluded in the same situation.
1.2 Describe how direct or indirect discrimination may occur in the work setting.
Direct Discrimination may occur if an employee is not considered for a promotion because of age or a job is refused to a person because of their disability.
Indirect Discrimination may occur when employees are insisted to do night shifts as this could exclude those who have children to care for or by not making reasonable adjustments at work could exclude those employees with a disability.
1.3 Explain how practices that support diversity, equality and inclusion reduce the likelihood of discrimination.
Practices that support diversity, quality and inclusion to reduce the likelihood of discrimination may include encouraging everyone to express their views and have them listened to which in turn helps us to respect and celebrate peoples differences, promoting good practice valuing their individuality enabling them to be fully involved not only in their own lives but everyone around them.