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Cleveland Scott York is committed to promoting diversity, preventing discrimination and creating an inclusive working environment in which everyone can fulfil their potential and maximise their contribution.
Everyone, including colleagues, job applicants, contractors, suppliers, and clients will be treated fairly and with dignity and respect regardless of any of the following protected characteristics:
Understanding and Avoiding Discrimination
At Cleveland Scott York we want an environment in which all colleagues, job applicants, suppliers, contractors and clients will feel safe, comfortable, valued and respected. Everyone has a part to play in making this a reality and for the good of all, we will not tolerate any behaviour that constitutes discrimination, harassment or victimisation or that threatens or demeans others. This includes but is not limited to: exclusion; intimidation; use of offensive words or actions; inappropriate or unwanted physical contact; inappropriate gossip, jokes or remarks whether written or spoken; and bullying.
Types of Discrimination:
An important related concept is “Victimisation” – where a person is treated less favourably or is punished or threatened with punishment for having complained about discrimination or supported someone else who has complained about discrimination.
We treat all cases of discrimination (including for these purposes victimisation) seriously. If any member of staff acts in a discriminatory manner towards a colleague, job applicant, contractor, supplier or client this will result in disciplinary action.
We encourage everyone to report any incident of actual or suspected discrimination the Practice Director or the Chairman. All concerns will be taken seriously and investigated promptly.
Recruitment and Selection
Cleveland Scott York endeavours to attract applicants from a diverse talent pool and aims to recruit and develop the best people. We are committed to treating all applicants fairly and without discrimination and to providing equal opportunities at each stage of the recruitment process.
When recruiting, the firm will advertise that it is particularly keen to receive applications from candidates who are members of groups under-represented in the patent and trade mark profession.
Promotion and Career Development
Promotion within Cleveland Scott York is based on merit and decisions in relation to advancement and career development are based on demonstrated skills and ability and genuine occupational requirements. All staff will be treated fairly and without discrimination and given equal opportunities in their job or career progression.
Remuneration, Benefits and Amenities
Within Cleveland Scott York decisions about remuneration, benefits and amenities will be made without regard to or assumptions about the protected characteristics. All staff will be treated fairly and without discrimination and given equal opportunities in their job or career progression.
Communication of this Policy
Cleveland Scott York is committed to the effective implementation of this policy. The HR Manager is responsible for communicating the policy and ensuring that it is brought to the attention of all staff and that all staff have continuing access to it. New joiners will receive a copy of this policy and relevant training as part of their induction.
This policy will be reviewed periodically by the Practice Director to evaluate its effectiveness. It will be amended and updated where necessary and any changes communicated to all staff.
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Compulsory Labour and Human Trafficking
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