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A new organisation has been set up in the North East to tackle discrimination in the construction industry.
Assessment North East has launched the initiative ConstructED to promote equality in a sector which has traditionally been dominated by heterosexual white males. They are working with companies from across the region, helping them comply with both moral and legal obligations in the workplace.
Robert Macleod, managing director of Assessment North East, said: “This is a sector-leading initiative which we are proud to have launched, in an industry where many companies themselves will acknowledge they have a lot of work to do.
“Having Equality and Diversity policies and procedures in place, which are adhered to and all staff are aware of, is not only important because it’s the right thing to do – but now, more so than ever before, it is a legal obligation to follow these policies and procedures. “
Companies who do not comply generally face huge legal bills. The average compensation awarded by tribunals in cases associated with race, sex, religion, sexual orientation and age discrimination equated to £19,000 between 2008 and 2009.
The scheme will also offer companies the chance to achieve the nationally recognised Diversity Award. This accolade is for companies who promote equality and embed it into their business.