Sex discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 bans employers from committing direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation against individuals because of their sex. However, employers can justify indirect sex discrimination to achieve a legitimate aim through proportionate means.

Prior to the implementation of the Equality Act 2010 on 1 October 2010, discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership was set out in the now repealed Sex Discrimination Act 1975. However, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership all exist as protected characteristics in their own right under the Equality Act 2010.


Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace: Uber media outcry alerts employers to cut the risk

Sexual harassment in the workplace is in the spotlight after widespread publicity of claims by a former employee at technology...

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Enhancing family-friendly pay: pros and cons for employers

16 Jun 2017

Whether or not to enhance pay during maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave is a perennial dilemma for employers....

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Shared parental pay: father wins sex discrimination case

6 Jun 2017

A father whose wife was advised to return to work to combat post-natal depression has won a sex discrimination claim...

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Are fathers’ rights at work working?

1 Jun 2017

Despite the introduction of shared parental leave, employers have been slow to enhance fathers’ rights at work. John Smith, a...

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Tribunal awards £2 to claimant denied companion at disciplinary hearing

24 Apr 2017

Stephen Simpson rounds up recent decisions published on the online database of first-instance employment tribunal judgments

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Government to publish workplace dress code guidance following high heels petition

21 Apr 2017

New guidance on workplace dress codes will be published by the Government, but

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Making the most of your gender pay gap report

27 Feb 2017

With the gender pay gap reporting Regulations coming into force in April, it is critical that HR teams can understand...

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Dads face negative bias in quest for work-life balance

22 Feb 2017

Fathers face a negative bias when seeking a better work-life balance or applying for part-time employment, a new study suggests....

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Will gender pay gap reporting tackle the motherhood “pay penalty”?

20 Feb 2017

Recent research shows that the gender pay gap has significantly reduced for younger workers, but that the gap remains wide...

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Is it ever fair to expect employees to dress a certain way?

16 Feb 2017

When receptionist Nicola Thorp was sent home from an assignment for wearing flat shoes it created a flurry of debate...

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Four key actions to tackle a gender pay gap

14 Feb 2017

New rules on gender pay gap reporting simply compel employers to publish details of their pay gap on an annual...

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Tribunal Watch: Teacher’s dismissal for showing 18-rated film to pupils

9 Jan 2017

Tribunal Watch returns with a round-up of recent case law reported in the news. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld...

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Gender pay gap and equal pay: what’s the difference?

10 Nov 2016

Today, 10 November 2016, is Equal Pay Day, the day of the year on which women effectively stop earning money...

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Tribunals accept limits to flexible working after maternity leave

17 Oct 2016

In two recent unsuccessful cases, employment tribunals accepted that there is no absolute obligation on employers to accept new mothers’...

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Asda workers win right to compare roles in biggest private-sector equal pay claim

14 Oct 2016

Asda has lost an employment tribunal ruling in a case involving thousands of

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