(Novo Nordisk definition based on international human rights treaties) Equal opportunity in recruiting, terms of employment, in promotion, and by termination is practised without any distinction, exclusion or preference made on basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, religious beliefs, creed, colour, race or ethnic origin, national origin or political orientation except when justified by requirements intrinsic to that specific job.
Promotion of equal opportunities for all pupils and staff regardless of sex, ethnic origin, special needs, etc.
Two key elements of the general principle of equal opportunities are the ban on discrimination on grounds of nationality (EC Treaty: Article 12) and equal pay for men and women (EC Treaty: Article 141). It is intended to apply to all fields, particularly economic, social, cultural and family life.
the right of all members of the school community to be valued as individuals and to have equal access to educational opportunities. This may relate to gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, disability, age, sexuality, religion and special educational needs. Good schools plan strategically, to ensure that equal opportunities underpin all aspects of teaching and learning.
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The promotion of equal opportunities for all pupils and employees irrespective of sex, ethnic origin, physical abilities, special education need, etc. (Monitored by the Equal Opportunity Commission).
The process of ensuring that everyone is entitled to freedom from discrimination. Areas specifically covered by the law currently are gender, race, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief. Age discrimination will be unlawful from 2006.
Not to discriminate against racial/ethnic, gender, cultural, disability, sexual orientation, and social differences in staff, suppliers and customers.
Equal opportunities is about giving people the right to be treated fairly in employment, education and services and not discriminated against on the grounds of their sex, race or disability. Equal Opportunities legislation protects these groups of people but employer's policies usually extend this protection to cover discrimination on any grounds. By 2006 there will be further legislation covering discrimination on sexual orientation, religion and age. (Also, see Diversity)
One of the 4 key principles of the report of the Consultative Steering Group. Equal opportunities are defined in the remit of the Equal Opportunities Committee (rule 6.9).
"Equal Opportunities" is the fifteenth episode of the BBC comedy series Yes Minister and was first broadcast 11 November 1982.