Workplace discrimination is an experience that, despite four decades of equality legislation, continues to blight the lives of thousands every year. Discrimination persists on the protected grounds of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief and gender reassignment, as well as where no legal protection exists such as in relation to class background or migration status. The Handbook discusses recent changes in equality legislation as well as considering the limitations of legal frameworks in addressing inequality. However, complying with the law is only the first step towards addressing discrimination in the workplace, and the book goes beyond the law and provides evidence of good practice in promoting organisational culture change, as well as considering future directions for policy on equality action. The Gower Handbook of Discrimination at Work looks at both social justice and business case perspectives, and its message is not a negative one. The contributors have considerable depth of understanding of workplace discrimination, both as academics and equality practitioners, their work has contributed to policy formation and all are committed to improving the lives of people at work. They offer insights into existing international developments and make suggestions for the ways in which positive change can be realised. Practitioners, such as human resources professionals and other managers involved in addressing equality at work, trade unionists, equality trainers, and academics concerned with researching or teaching in the areas of employment and equality will all find this book of interest. Furthermore, it will be of value to students in the fields of business and management, employment law, equality and diversity and human resource management.
'Tessa Wright and Hazel Conley have succeeded in bringing together a collection of interesting, insightful and innovative contributions to the debate surrounding the regulation, form and effects of discrimination in workplaces. It provides researchers and policy makers with a valuable source of up-to-date information and critical commentary, while acting as an indispensable reference for students taking specialist modules on equality and diversity. The strength of the collection lies in its successful combination of reflective, theory-based chapters, empirically-driven analyses and policy-oriented commentaries. The discussions are all set against the backdrop of UK and European legislation which helps to contextualise the analyses and provides plenty of opportunity for the authors to engage in critical discussion. The debates and issues explored are essential reading for those interested in contemporary developments in equality and diversity, while the issues raised set down some key challenges for policy makers if they are serious about developing anti-discrimination interventions.' Mike Noon, Professor of Human Resource Management, Queen Mary University of London '…This Handbook of Discrimination at Work is well-written, clearly arguing, so it is not only helpful within academia, that is, for lecturing on the issue or in the hand of students…but also for the practitioner in different fields and organizations…' Gyoergy Szell, University of Osnabrueck for VISION journal