The aim of any recruitment strategy is to identify the right person for the job irrespective of age, sex, race, ethnicity, disability and other factors that have no bearing on an individual’s ability to perform their job. Having an equal opportunities manifesto in place can help attract better workers into your company. Employers who openly declare their commitment to fairness in their vacancy advertisement are more likely to attract a more diverse pool of qualified applicants who are confident that fair consideration will be given to them irrespective of non-job-related factors.
Discrimination at work is still a fact of life for too many women. Women earn just 80 percent of men’s wages on average. Women still face discrimination in pay and promotions and barriers to advancement because of family responsibilities. Some employers still haven’t gotten the message on sexual harassment. These problems are compounded for women in low-paying jobs because they fear losing their jobs if they speak up about unfair or illegal treatment. Women Employed’s work to expand legal protections and strengthen existing laws—and make sure the laws are effectively enforced—is more important than ever.