Sonic is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive working environment where there is equal opportunity and proper consideration for the wellbeing of its employees, and to eliminating unlawful discrimination. The Company treats its employees and potential employees respectfully, fairly, and equally, free from unfair bias relating to the Equality Act  protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity or paternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. Sonic promotes equal opportunities in terms of recruitment, promotion, job assignment, remuneration, benefits and services, flexible working, redundancy, discipline, and dismissal. In addition, it encourages the continuous development and training of all its employees. Although the Company has a responsibility to implement this policy, we have a shared responsibility to enforce it and it is built on the following principles:
- Treat everyone with respect, consideration and without prejudice.
- Respect others privacy, dignity, and preferences.
- Be sensitive to others age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marriage and civil partnerships, race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief whether it is known or perceived or due to an association.
- Avoid making assumptions and/or stereotyping others with respect to these matters
- Avoid making derogatory and/or discriminatory comments, jokes or remarks, which may isolate and hurt others.
Sonic employees are expected to assist us in meeting our commitment to provide equal opportunities, dignity in employment and avoid discrimination. Staff must not discriminate unlawfully, violate the dignity, harass, bully, or victimise any employee, worker, job applicant, ex-employee, client, supplier or visitor. Our employees are aware that any discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation may constitute gross misconduct and could lead to dismissal without notice. In addition, staff can be held personally liable for any act of unlawful discrimination as well as, or instead of, us and serious acts of harassment may constitute a criminal offence.
Sonic requires all its employees to adhere to and promote this policy and ensure that all third parties that they deal with through the course of their employment are treated on a similar basis.