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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace

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Week 3: Diversity characteristics and discrimination – Part 2


Last week you explored three of the key protected characteristics, disability, race and sex. This week, you’ll continue that process, looking at issues surrounding age, religion or belief, gender reassignment and sexual orientation in the workplace.

Although it isn’t a protected characteristic, you’ll also look at the contribution that social capital makes to discrimination, and how enhancing social capital can make a difference.

Watch this short video, in which employers discuss their support for colleagues with some of the diversity characteristics you’ll be learning about this week.

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Video 1: Introduction to Week 3
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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • describe key aspects of several protected characteristics, and reflect on related issues in the workplace
  • reflect on the impact social capital can have on diversity and discrimination
  • understand the concept and impact of intersectionality.

You’ll start the week by looking at age in the workplace.