Equal Opportunities in the Hyatt Hotel

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Equal Opportunities in the Hyatt Hotel

‘Managing diversity is about the realisation of the potential of all employees… certain group based equal opportunities policies need to be seriously questioned, in particular positive action targets’ (Kandola & Fullerton, 1994:47)

The Hyatt hotel corporation abides by all four legislation, which underpins the concept of equal opportunity. ‘Legislation refers to the Act of parliament passed by central government e.g. Health and Safety at work’. (Yovell, R.2001: 127) The four legislation’s are: the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equal Pay Act 1975. The Race Relations Act 1976 makes it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of colour, race, nationality or ethnic origin. The Sex Discrimination Act of 1975 states that it is unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of sex. It also states that unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, be it verbal, non-verbal physical is prohibited in all forms. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 was designed to prevent unlawful discrimination on the grounds of any form of disability. The act was introduced to end the discrimination that many people with impairments face (Outhart, T. et al 2001: 340). The Equal Pay Act 1975 was created to ensure both men and women receive equal pay regardless of the job at hand. All companies that were discussed in the seminar abide by all four legislation. “Organisations in the leisure and tourism industry have to comply with health, safety and security requirements in order to work within the law” (Outhart, T. et al 2001:103).

           The Tourist Information centre does not have its own set of regulations as it is part of the Cheltenham council so the council are responsible for making sure the tourist board follow legislation set out by the government.

The Charlton Kings Hotel and the Everyman theatre’s bar and catering department do not have a policy on equal opportunities. As Yovell, R. (2001:80) states “Equal opportunities is concerned with giving all people regardless of their gender, age, race, religion, ability, employment status, income level and mobility, equal rights in society”.

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The Hyatt hotel did not give any examples of direct discrimination. Direct discrimination is the unfair treatment where one person gets treated less favourably than another worker doing the same job. The Everyman theatre has had one incident in the past of sexual harassment, which involved several females complaining about a male employee’s attitude towards them.

          The 1986 Genuine Occupational Qualification Act sets out circumstances in which being a man may be a genuine occupational qualification. The Hyatt hotel said that they do not have any genuine occupational qualifications, however they do try to have ...

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