Equity Policy

22 Feb 2016

Sherwood Cycling Club's Equity Policy

1. Statement of Intent
1.1. Sherwood Cycling Club is fully committed to the principles of the equality of opportunity and is responsible for ensuring that no member or volunteer receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, gender, colour, disability, ethnic minority, parental or marital status, nationality, religious belief, social status and sexual preference.
1.2 The Club will ensure that there will be open access to all those who wish to participate in the sport and that they are treated fairly

2. Purpose of the Equity policy
2.1 The Club will ensure that no sections of the community are denied the opportunity to participate equally and fully in the sport at all levels.
2.2 The Club will take steps to prevent discrimination or other unfair treatment for its employees, members or volunteers.

3. Legal Requirements
3.1 The Club is required by law not to discriminate against its members and recognises its legal obligations under the following acts:
o Equal Pay Act 1970
o Sex Discrimination Act 1975
o Race Relations Act 1976
o Disability Discrimination Act 1995
o Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
o Children’s Act 1989

4. Types of Discrimination
Discrimination can take the following forms:
4.1 Direct Discrimination: This means treating someone less favourably than you would treat others in the same circumstances
4.2 Indirect Discrimination: This occurs when a job requirement or condition is applied equally to all, which has a disproportionate and detrimental effect on one sex or racial group because fewer of that group can comply with it, and the requirement cannot be justified in relation to the job.
4.2.1 When decisions are made about an individual, the only personal characteristics taken into account will be those which, as well as being consistent with relevant legislation are necessary to the proper performance of the work involved.
4.3 Harassment: Harassment can be described as inappropriate actions, behaviour comments or physical contact that is objectionable or causes offence to the recipient. It may be of a sexual or racial nature or it may be directed towards people because of their age their sexuality a disability or some other characteristic.
4.3.1 The Club is committed to ensuring that its members and competitors are able to conduct their activities in an environment that is free from harassment or intimidation.
4.3.2 The Club regards discrimination and harassment as described above as gross misconduct and any member of the Club, participant or volunteer who discriminates against any other person will be liable to appropriate disciplinary action.
4.4. Victimisation: When someone is treated less favourably than others because he or she has taken action against the Club under one of the relevant acts (as previously outlined) or provided information about such discrimination.

5. Implementation
5.1 A copy of this document will be available to all members and volunteers of the Club.
5.2 All members and volunteers have responsibilities to respect, act in accordance with and thereby support and promote the spirit and intentions of this policy.
5.3 The Club will take measures to ensure that its membership practices are non- discriminatory.
5.4. No member will be placed at a disadvantage by requirements or conditions which are not necessary to the performance of the membership or which constitute unfair discrimination.
5.5 A planned approach will be adopted to eliminate barriers which discriminate against particular groups.
5.6 The Club will ensure that any outside advisers used by the Club can demonstrate their commitment to the principles and practice of equity.

6. Positive Action
6.1 The Club may take positive action or introduce special measures for any group, which is currently under represented in membership, representative bodies or team.

7. Monitoring and Evaluation.
7.1 The Club will regularly monitor and evaluate the policy, practices, procedures and operations on an ongoing basis and will inform members of this impact.
7.2 The Chairman has overall responsibility for the implementation of the equal opportunities policy.
7.3 The Sherwood Cycling Club Committee is responsible for ensuring that this equity policy is followed and to provide appropriate procedures to deal with the investigation and disciplinary hearing in connection with any alleged breach of the Equity Policy and/or any related Codes of Practice, which may be issued by the Committee from time to time.

8. Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures8.1 To safeguard individual rights under the policy a member or volunteer who believes that he/she has suffered inequitable treatment within the scope of the policy may raise the matter through the appropriate grievance procedure.
8.2 Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any member or volunteer who violates the Club’s Equity Policy.
8.3 The Club is concerned to ensure that individuals feel able to raise any grievance and no member or volunteer will be penalised for doing so unless it is untrue and not made in good faith.

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