Equality and diversity

The Government Legal Department (GLD) has a strong commitment to equality for all regardless of gender, gender reassignment, race, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity or disability.

GLD has a strong profile of women, black and minority ethnic and disabled staff at senior civil service (SCS) level and in feeder grades to the SCS.

Our duties under the Equality Act 2010

When we make decisions, we have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • promote equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations between people from different groups

Diversity statement

GLD wants to provide a workplace environment and culture in which everyone is valued as an individual. An inclusive work environment that nurtures the development of all staff. It is one in which everyone is encouraged and supported to meet their full potential.

Externally, GLD’s continued success is dependent upon our ability to anticipate, understand, adapt and respond to the changing values, needs and expectations of our clients and of society. Having a culturally diverse workforce improves our ability to conduct our business.

In order to achieve success we all need to engage in this process.

Equality and Diversity Group

GLD’s Equality and Diversity Group is chaired by one of our Directors General and plays an important role, supporting our commitment to equality and diversity.

GLD has 3 diversity officers who act independently of management and who support colleagues in confidence with diversity issues in a variety of situations, including allegations of discrimination or harassment.

Our publications

Equality and Diversity objectives