The Board's equal opportunities policy states:
- The Scottish Legal Aid Board (the 'Board') is committed to equality of opportunity in employment both in principle and in practice. We will ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on grounds of their own or an associate’s actual or perceived: age; disability; gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation. Nor will there be less favourable treatment on grounds of marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity.
- All those representing or carrying out work on behalf of the Board must commit themselves to the principles and practice of equality of opportunity in the application of our policies and delivery of our service to clients. This commitment may include taking positive action, where required.
- We recognise that our service will be best delivered by a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities. It is necessary therefore that we strive to ensure that this diversity be reflected throughout our workforce.
- We recognise that individuals from minority groups may experience discrimination in society. Equal opportunity principles will be reflected in all Board policies and we will develop procedures and guidelines so that employees adhere to these policies.
- Applying equality of opportunity is the responsibility of all those within the Board, including managers, staff, committees and any other individual contracted to represent the Board. It is recognised, however, that those working at management level and above have a specific duty to set the required standards and ensure those standards are met. Employees and contractors have a specific duty under the terms of their contracts to comply with the standards set.
- Our employment policies and practices will be impact assessed and monitored to ensure effectiveness.