Take steps to ensure that the workforce is inclusive of men and women

Key points

  • Although the Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, if organisations wish to create a workplace that is equal for men and women, they must go beyond compliance with their statutory obligations. They need to ensure that the opportunities available to men and women to participate and reach their full potential in the workplace are not defined or limited by gender.
  • The barriers to gender equality and diversity include gender bias, a lack of opportunity to balance work with personal responsibilities, the gender pay gap and occupational segregation.

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