GB News reports on the risk to employees of voicing unfashionable opinions on hot-button issues, citing case data from the Free Speech Union showing how equity, diversity and inclusion policies are being invoked to penalise them. Here’s an excerpt:
Employees who voice opinions on gender, race, sexuality and religion risk being sacked from their workplace, GB News has been told.
British firms pose a “danger” of “threatening” the freedom of employees, according to an organisation which advocates freedom of speech.
Director of Data and Impact at the Free Speech Union (FSU) Thomas Harris says Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policies – which are often compulsory for employees – could “further erode freedom of expression”.
The FSU reports that one in 20 of its cases are directly related to EDI training which are “accelerating the politicisation of the workplace”.
While organisations such as Coutts and the Church of England’s investment bodies have signed up to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment – which encompasses EDI and Net Zero policies.
The FSU has shared exclusive case studies with GB News, including examples of employees who have faced possible sanctions.
Some members have been told that they will fail their EDI training if they don’t pass a test with a “sufficiently high score”, which could ultimately see employees suffering “hostility” and a potential sanction.
Other EDI training materials, which treat issues such as critical race theory, micro aggressions (negative attitudes toward stigmatised or culturally marginalised groups) or anti-racism, are ideas not to be questioned.
It comes after reports revealed last week that organisation ‘B Lab U.K.’ is lobbying for a change in the law to further embed these practices in British companies.
The ‘Better Business Act’ would see section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 amended to give chiefs a duty to consider “people and the planet”, not just profit. …
Harris told GB News: “The evidence from our casework is clear. The EDI policies being rolled out by companies wishing to demonstrate their woke credentials, routinely operate as oppressive speech codes for both employees and customers alike.”