Employers have been warned that they could be breaching anti-discrimination laws by attempting to boost diversity at their companies.
Law firm Nabarro has issued the advice, stating that organisations trying to be creative and imaginative about enhancing diversity in the workplace could in fact be breaking the law, Online Recruitment reports.
Sue Ashtiany of the firm remarked that "ill-conceived" plans could land companies in hot water.
Ms Ashtiany commented that "negative publicity" and "expensive litigation" could be the result of following "fashionable elements of diversity".
"The encouragement that diversity thinking gives to organisations to define diversity for themselves can lead to a perception that they are safe as long as they stick to their home-grown diversity strategy," she said.
She warned that pooling women or ethnic minority staff for promotion is one example of unlawful behaviour.
Bosses were informed last week by jobs.ac.uk that the majority of jobseekers are influenced by a company's green policy when considering applying for roles.