Diverse Magazine

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ONE IN FIVE YOUNG PRISONERS ARE MUSLIM, REPORT REVEALS

Chief inspector of prison Nick Hardwick reports that figure has risen from 13% in 2009-10 The proportion of offenders in youth jails who are Muslim is rising sharply and they now account for more than one-fifth of all inmates, the chief inspector of prisons has said. Nick Hardwick said the figure had risen from 13% in 2009-10 to 21% in 2011-12. He said that while they were less likely to say they felt unsafe in youth jails and more likely to say they were treated with respect, they still felt they were treated significantly worse than non-Muslims. “They reported that...

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS BEING SIDELINED

It has successfully helped push racial equality up the political agenda. But now London’s councils are slashing BHM funding I believe we need to look at the future of Black History Month in this country and ask some serious questions. New research reveals that spending on Black History Month by London’s boroughs has dropped by almost half. This is striking because almost half of Britain’s ethnic minorities are in the London area and local authorities might have been expected to take it seriously. The worst examples of these cuts come from Camden, Greenwich and Westminster councils, who have completely scrapped their...

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SLAVERY DISTORTS THE STORY OF BLACK BRITAIN

Black History Month should address the fact that many assume Africans in 16th- and 17th-century England were slaves When I tell people I study Africans in Renaissance Britain, they often reply: “Oh, you mean slaves?” Despite the fact that Black History Month – currently being celebrated – is now in its 25th year, and that it’s more than 60 years since the Windrush brought the first postwar Caribbean migrants, it’s clear that many wrong assumptions about the black presence in Britain are still made. It seems the emphasis on the horrors of slavery, including the commemoration of the Abolition of the Slave...

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NHS ACCUSED OF AGE DISCRIMINATION IN PATIENT SURGERY

Age ‘cut-offs’ in cancer, hernia repairs and joint replacements, Decisions should be based on general health, study says Older people are being denied vital surgery for cancer, hernia repairs and joint replacements because the NHS imposes “cutoffs” for treatment based on age discrimination, a report has warned. Health professionals can be too quick to decide against offering surgery because of “outdated assumptions of age and fitness”, according to the study by the Royal College of Surgeons, the charity Age UK and communications consultancy MHP Health Mandate. Doctors and surgeons should stop using chronological age to assess suitability for a procedure and...

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FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION AT JOB INTERVIEW

Under the Equality Act you can serve a potential employer with a discrimination questionnaire if you suspect foul play – it might not solve the problem but it shines a spotlight on it. A recent report by the all-party parliamentary group on race and community, focussing on black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi female workers, has uncovered racial discrimination and other barriers at the recruitment stage. The inquiry also found that many job applicants of ethnic minority had changed their name or appearance to try to overcome prejudices – and when they did their scope for getting a job increased. Of course,...

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EMPLOYEES PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE

In Barlow v Stone (2012 IRLR 898) the Employment Appeal Tribunal had to decide whether an employee could bring a discrimination claim against a colleague even though no claim had been made against the employer. Facts Barlow brought a claim against his employer alleging disability discrimination under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), including a failure to make reasonable adjustments. Later a fellow employee (Stone) made a complaint to the police about Barlow, alleging abusive and threatening behaviour – an allegation which turned out to be false. Barlow then presented a second complaint to an employment tribunal, against Stone, alleging discrimination by way of victimisation (in...

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7 THINGS NEVER TO SAY TO LGBT COWORKERS

This article is from the USA, and represent the views of American organisations and people. However, those views are very relevant for the UK too. For most, ‘coming out’ at work is not an easy task. You can’t be sure how your company or peers will respond to your revelation. And despite recent reports that the workplace is growing increasingly accepting to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) LGBT employees, people often don’t know how to welcome a colleague who recently ‘came out of the closet’. PricewaterhouseCoopers executive Stephanie Peel’s history is a corporate America coming-out success story. When she came out professionally...

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STONEWALL TOP 100 GAY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYERS

The Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2012, the definitive list of Britain’s most gay-friendly workplaces was announced on the 11th January 2012. The rankings showcase the achievements of employers submitting to the Workplace Equality Index. “To say we are thrilled and proud to be named Stonewall’s Employer of the Year 2012 is truly an understatement. We believe that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is not only important for our people, but is also a business imperative in what is an increasingly competitive and interconnected world.” Liz Bingham Managing Partner for People UK & Ireland Ernst & Young The following...

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COMING OUT AT WORK: ‘I’M GAY, AND YOU DON’T GET TO USE THAT LANGUAGE HERE’

David Hudson talks to chief information officer at Barclays, Anthony Watson, about his career in banking and being openly gay in the world of business Anthony Watson, the 36-year-old managing director and chief information officer for Barclays’ Europe retail and business banking arm, doesn’t believe it’s for him to advise anyone else whether they should come out or not with regards to their sexuality, yet he gives the most persuasive and matter-of-fact answer when talking of his own experiences. “I’m far more happy in my personal and professional life out than I ever was in the closet,” he said. “The...

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DO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES GET ENOUGH SUPPORT FROM SENIOR MANAGERS?

While researching my recent article about what office life is like for deaf people, one comment made by a finance manager, who is deaf, really stood out. He said: “senior people in organisations just don’t have the time to allow a deaf person to communicate with them. My view is, the more senior in status a person, the less tolerance they have.” According to the Office for Disability Issues, in 2011 the employment rate of people with disabilities was 48.8%, compared to 77.5% for people with no disabilities. People who are deaf or disabled often have to work harder to...