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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the grounds of pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership was set out in the now repealed Sex Discrimination Act 1975.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.
10 Nov 2016
Today, 10 November 2016, is Equal Pay Day, the day of the year on which women effectively stop earning money...
17 Oct 2016
In two recent unsuccessful cases, employment tribunals accepted that there is no absolute obligation on employers to accept new mothers’...
14 Oct 2016
Asda has lost an employment tribunal ruling in a case involving thousands of
6 Oct 2016
Employers who pay mothers different rates of shared parental pay to fathers run the risk of sex discrimination claims, following...
30 Sep 2016
Two easyJet flight attendants have won the right to express milk for their children while working, in a landmark indirect...
8 Sep 2016
The number of employment tribunal claims dropped slightly in the three months to June 2016, continuing the downward trend since...
5 Sep 2016
A recent survey by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) shows that sexual harassment in the workplace is widespread despite legislation...
23 Aug 2016
The Citizens Advice Bureau reports that it has seen a 58% increase in the number of maternity leave queries in...
15 Aug 2016
A TUC report on sexual harassment in the workplace has found that 52% of women have experienced some form of...
5 Aug 2016
Ed Stacey examines whether employees can be forced to work in Brazil in light of the Zika virus
7 Jun 2016
Former Chelsea FC team doctor Eva Carneiro has settled her employment tribunal claim against the club and Jose Mourinho for...
12 May 2016
A temporary receptionist has claimed she was sent home from an assignment at consulting firm PwC because she was not...
28 Apr 2016
Draft regulations to boost equal pay include plans for the Government to publish gender pay gap league tables naming and...
31 Mar 2016
The Department of Health has today made changes to the contract it is imposing on junior doctors in England following...