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Culture shift needed to tackle discrimination against visibly different staff

Makbool Javaid

Campaign group Changing Faces say that 18% of people across the UK identify as having a visible difference – such as a mark, scar or a medical condition that affects their appearance – and 36% had experienced unpleasant behaviour. Personnel Today report that much of the discrimination was in the workplace: 36% said they had been discriminated against when applying for a job, 64% experienced hostile behaviour at work; 19% have felt uncomfortable around colleagues or have received negative comments; and 10% have been ignored by their co-workers. Changing Faces are calling for a significant culture shift, driven by leadership teams, to tackle the bullying and exclusion that many people with visible differences experience at work.

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