Equality Policy
The aim of the Bradford City FC Community Foundation Equality Policy is to promote our own equality objectives and in doing so, help to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect. All Bradford City FC Community Foundation representatives should abide and adhere to this Policy and to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. In doing so, we are working towards being legally compliant in relation to equality legislation.

Bradford City FC’s commitment is to promote inclusion and to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion or belief, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity and to encourage equal opportunities. These are known as ‘protected characteristics’ under the Equality Act 2010.

Protected Characteristics

1. Age

The Act protects employees of all ages but remains the only protected characteristic that allows employers to justify direct discrimination, i.e. if an employer can demonstrate that to apply different treatment because of someone's age constitutes a proportionate means of meeting a legitimate aim, then no discrimination will have taken place.

2. Disability

The Act includes a new protection arising from disability and now states that it is unfair to treat a disabled person unfavourably because of something connected with a disability. An example provided is the tendency to make spelling mistakes arising from dyslexia. Also, indirect discrimination now covers disabled people, which means that a job applicant could claim that a particular rule or requirement disadvantages people with that disability.

The Act includes a provision which makes it unlawful, with limited exceptions, for employers to ask about a candidate's health before offering them work.

3. Gender reassignment

It is discriminatory to treat people who propose to start to or have completed a process to change their gender less favourably, for example, because they are absent from work for this reason.

4. Marriage and civil partnership

The Act continues to protect employees who are married or in a civil partnership. Single people are however not protected by the legislation against discrimination.

5. Pregnancy and maternity

The Act continues to protect women against discrimination because they are pregnant or have given birth.

6. Race

The Act continues to protect people against discrimination on the grounds of their race, which includes colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin.

7. Religion or belief

The Act continues to protect people against discrimination on the grounds of their religion or their belief, including a lack of any belief.

8. Sex

The Act continues to protect both men and women against discrimination on the grounds of their sex, for example paying women less than men for doing the same job.

9. Sexual orientation

The Act continues to protect bisexual, gay, heterosexual and lesbian people from discrimination on the grounds of their sexual orientation.

Types of discrimination

The 2010 Act also extends some of these protections to characteristics that previously were not covered by equality legislation. Employers and business owners now need to be aware of the seven different types of discrimination under the new legislation.

These are:

  • Direct discrimination - where someone is treated less favourably than another person because of a protected characteristic
  • Associative discrimination - this is direct discrimination against someone because they are associated with another person who possesses a protected characteristic
  • Discrimination by perception - this is direct discrimination against someone because others think that they possess a particular protected characteristic. They do not necessarily have to possess the characteristic, just be perceived to.
  • Indirect discrimination - this can occur when you have a rule or policy that applies to everyone but disadvantages a person with a particular protected characteristic
  • Harassment - this is behaviour that is deemed offensive by the recipient. Employees can now complain of the behaviour they find offensive even if it is not directed at them.
  • Victimisation - this occurs when someone is treated badly because they have made or supported a complaint or grievance under this legislation

This Policy is fully supported by the Bradford City Community Foundation and all staff working on our programmes.

Complaints and Compliance

Bradford City FC regards all of the forms of discriminatory behaviour, including (but not limited to) behaviour described above as unacceptable, and is concerned to ensure that individuals feel able to raise any bona fide grievance or complaint related to such behaviour without fear of being penalised for doing so. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any employee, student or volunteer who is found, after a full investigation, to have violated the Equality Policy.


As with any instances of bullying, a full and complete investigation will be made and, once completed, will be dealt with in line with the behaviour policy.

Positive Action and Training

Bradford City FC Community Foundation is committed to equality, inclusion and anti-discrimination as part of The Football League’s Code of Practice. Bradford City FC Community Foundation will commit to a programme of raising awareness and educating, investigating concerns and applying relevant and proportionate sanctions, campaigning, widening diversity and representation and promoting diverse role models, which we believe are all key actions to promote inclusion and eradicate discrimination within football. This Equality Policy will be reviewed and updated, if r
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