by Chris Phillips
Originally published:January 9, 2016
In light of PepsiCo’s announcement that diversity in the workplace is “not just important but a business imperative”, what are the benefits of diversity in business and is legislation robust enough to protect employees from discrimination in the workplace?
The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against anyone because of: age; being or becoming a transsexual person; being married or in a civil partnership; being pregnant or on maternity leave; disability; race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin; religion, belief or lack of religion/belief; sex; and sexual orientation
However, diversity in the workplace shouldn’t simply be seen as adhering to a legal requirement. A more diverse employee group can encourage new ways of thinking, reach out to a wider range of customers and help businesses grow. It can help employees learn from colleagues whose work style and attitude varies from their own.