How you can reduce the risk that you will be held legally responsible

You can reduce the risk that you will be held legally responsible for the behaviour of the people who work for you if you tell them how to behave so that they avoid unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimisation.

This does not just apply to situations where you and your staff are dealing face-to-face with other people in a work situation, but also to how you plan what happens.

When you or your workers or agents are planning what happens to people in a work situation, you need to make sure that your decisions, rules or ways of doing things are not:

  • Direct discrimination, or
  • Indirect discrimination that you cannot objectively justify, or
  • Discrimination arising from disability that you cannot objectively justify, or
  • Harassment

and that you have made reasonable adjustments for any disabled people who are working for you or applying for a job with you or in another work situation you are in charge of.

So it is important to make sure that your workers and agents know how equality law applies to what they are doing.

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