Eversheds on eggshells over Easter treats

Eversheds’ plan to ­present its staff with Easter eggs had to be put on hold after concerns that it might offend employees who do not celebrate the ­Christian festival.

The firm’s diversity and equality policy states that the firm is “determined to create a working environment which […] is free from any form of discrimination […] within which all individuals are treated with respect, fairness and courtesy”.

The ethos prompted a debate over whether some individuals might feel discriminated against should they receive an egg. However, the firm decided that it would press ahead with the perk. A spokesperson said: “All staff have worked very hard during the recent difficult trading environment and distributing Easter eggs is just a small way of saying thank you.

“Concerns were raised that the firm shouldn’t be seen to be favouring one religious group or cultural tradition over another. However, Eversheds is committed to equality and inclusivity and celebrates a number of festivals reflecting the diverse composition of our workforce worldwide.

“We feel that while not all of our employees celebrate Easter, they will understand the gesture.”