Equal Opportunities Policy
Consistent with Fighting Words’ philosophy of inclusive learning, trust and mutual respect, significant emphasis is placed on equality in our working environment. Engaging in the richness of diversity is central to the role of Fighting Words and in line with its core values.
Fighting Words Equality Statement
Fighting Words is committed to equality of opportunity and positive action to promote equality of opportunity; equal opportunity is promoted as a means of developing the full potential of everyone involved in the organisation. The organisation believes that an Equal Opportunities Policy helps to ensure that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, retention, training and development of staff and volunteers.
Discrimination, victimisation or harassment on grounds including but not limited to gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, or membership of the Traveller community, will not be tolerated.
Fighting Words does not discriminate against any employee or volunteer, or any applicant for employment or volunteering, because of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, or membership of the Traveller community.
Fighting Words is committed to best practice in providing equal opportunities for all job applicants and staff. The organisation believes that all people should be treated with respect and values diversity.
Fighting Words adheres to the Employment Equality Acts, 1998 – 2015 and the Equal Status Act, 2000 - 2015. To ensure that the policy is effective and no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment, the organisation will promote equality of opportunity and prohibit discrimination across nine grounds:
- Civil status
- Family status
- Sexual orientation
- Membership of the Traveller Community
 While the term ‘race’ is used here as it appears in Ireland's equality legislation, Fighting Words recognises that it denotes a biological or scientific difference in human beings, a theory long discredited and to which the organisation does not subscribe.
 Employment Equality Act 1998 to 2015
Our Equal Opportunities Aims
The aims of our Equal Opportunity Policy are:
- To promote equality of opportunity throughout the organisation, the employment of staff, the involvement of volunteers, the participation of programme participants and the membership of the Board of Directors and other committees as may be determined.
- To eliminate all forms of discrimination, including direct, indirect and discrimination by association, in the workplace by implementing policies, strategies and procedures which promote equality of opportunity.
- To identify and remove barriers and redress any imbalances which prevent equality of opportunity.
- To prevent discrimination in any form, whether direct or indirect, against current or prospective staff, volunteers, as well as programme participants
- To ensure that we fulfil our obligations under equality legislation.
- To engage in best practice in relation to equal opportunities.