Equal Opportunity Policy

Equal Opportunity Policy

Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease CLG (EOPD.ie) recognises that discrimination is unacceptable, and we have made the decision to adopt a formal equal opportunities policy. Breaches of the policy will lead to disciplinary proceedings and, if appropriate, disciplinary action. 

The aim of the policy is to ensure no job applicant, volunteer or employee is discriminated against either directly or indirectly on the grounds of gender, marital status, civil partnership status, family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, race or membership of the travelling community.

EOPD.ie will ensure that the policy is circulated to any agencies responsible for our recruitment and a copy of the policy will be published on the company’s website.

The policy will be implemented in accordance with the appropriate statutory requirements and full account will be taken of all available guidance and in particular any relevant Code of Practice. We will maintain a neutral working environment in which no worker feels under threat or intimidated.

Communication Policy

As an equal opportunities’ employer, EOPD.ie welcomes a cultural diversity amongst its employees, members, and volunteers.  In the interest of integration, equality and to prevent exclusion, EOPD.ie must take into account the practical implications of such a diversity and ask that, while undertaking, assisting or participating in activities or work on behalf of EOPD.ie, officers, employees, members and those persons who avail of our services communicate in a manner that can be understood by all. In the majority of cases, this will mean communicating in English. This will allow all concerned to operate effectively and efficiently as a team and create a comfortable, unified working environment for all. Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary step(s) being taken.

Recruitment & Selection

The recruitment and selection process (both internally and externally) is crucially important to any equal opportunities policy. We will endeavour through appropriate training to ensure that volunteer & employees making selection and recruitment decisions will not discriminate, whether consciously or unconsciously, in making these decisions.

Promotion and advancement will be made on merit and all decisions relating to this will be made within the overall framework and principles of this policy.

Job descriptions, where used, will be revised to ensure that they are in line with our equal opportunities policy. Job requirements will be reflected accurately in any personnel specifications. We will adopt a consistent, non-discriminatory approach to the advertising of vacancies.

All applicants who apply for jobs with us will receive fair treatment and will be considered solely on their ability to do the job.

Short listings and interviewing will be carried out by more than one person where possible.

Competency based interview questions will be related to the requirements of the job and will not be of a discriminatory nature.

Selection decisions will not be influenced by any perceived prejudices of other staff/volunteers.