Employment Law Partner response to the FA Statement regarding England Fans
12th July, 2021
The FA has published a statement in response to discriminatory abuse that England players have faced on social media, which has been widely condemned along with calls for the toughest responses.
Discriminatory comments made by individuals are being investigated by their employers, who find themselves unwittingly the subject of global scrutiny and calls for immediate action, given the public nature of connections on social media. Whilst employers have the opportunity to demonstrate their zero tolerance to discriminatory conduct by taking appropriate action, it is important for all employers to remind their employees of their obligations and take all reasonable steps to avoid discrimination in the workplace.
Employers are vicariously liable for the acts of their employees in the course of their employment and should take a proactive approach to setting standards and expectations and developing a dignity and respect culture with a view to preventing discrimination in the workplace. In addition to implementing equality standards and policies, employers should provide regular training that is thorough, robust and good quality – in addition to regular awareness-raising sessions to their employees with a view to preventing discrimination.
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