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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the grounds of pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership was set out in the now repealed Sex Discrimination Act 1975.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.
16 Jun 2017
Whether or not to enhance pay during maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave is a perennial dilemma for employers....
6 Jun 2017
A father whose wife was advised to return to work to combat post-natal depression has won a sex discrimination claim...
1 Jun 2017
Despite the introduction of shared parental leave, employers have been slow to enhance fathers’ rights at work. John Smith, a...
24 Apr 2017
Stephen Simpson rounds up recent decisions published on the online database of first-instance employment tribunal judgments
21 Apr 2017
New guidance on workplace dress codes will be published by the Government, but
27 Feb 2017
With the gender pay gap reporting Regulations coming into force in April, it is critical that HR teams can understand...
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....
20 Feb 2017
Recent research shows that the gender pay gap has significantly reduced for younger workers, but that the gap remains wide...
16 Feb 2017
When receptionist Nicola Thorp was sent home from an assignment for wearing flat shoes it created a flurry of debate...
14 Feb 2017
New rules on gender pay gap reporting simply compel employers to publish details of their pay gap on an annual...
9 Jan 2017
Tribunal Watch returns with a round-up of recent case law reported in the news. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld...
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