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the grounds of pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership was set out in the now repealed Sex Discrimination Act 1975.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.


Female police officer wins sexism appeal over London allowance

A female police officer’s claim for sex discrimination has been upheld after she did not receive a ‘London allowance’ during her maternity leave.

The 10 most important employment law cases in 2019

2 Dec 2019

We round up the most significant cases of the year including legal judgments on CCTV, restrictive covenants, enhancing shared parental leave, collective bargaining and more...

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Department store criticised for period badges

29 Nov 2019

A department store in Japan has said it is reviewing a policy where its staff could wear badges indicating whether...

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Embassy secretary awarded £400,000 for ‘spiteful’ sex discrimination

22 Nov 2019

Employment tribunal awards £400,000 to former Qatari Embassy secretary who was subjected to a campaign of sexual harassment and discrimination.

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Government considering making employee references mandatory

29 Oct 2019

The government has said it will consult on the idea that employers should be required to provide, as a minimum,...

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BBC presenter Samira Ahmed takes equal pay case to tribunal

28 Oct 2019

BBC journalist Samira Ahmed is taking an equal pay case against the broadcaster to an employment tribunal, claiming she was...

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Musicians call for better freelance protections from sexual harassment

23 Oct 2019

The Musicians’ Union is campaigning for stronger protections from sexual harassment and discrimination after almost half of members surveyed said...

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Capita unfairly dismissed employee whose role was made full-time

16 Oct 2019

An employee who was made redundant when Capita Customer Management refused to allow her to continue working part time following...

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#MeToo at two: how far have we come?

15 Oct 2019

The #MeToo movement is two years old this week and has been influential in altering behaviour, bolstering equality and respect...

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Police service discriminated against man with moustache

8 Oct 2019

A police constable has won a sex discrimination claim after an industrial tribunal found that the Police Service of Northern...

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Ex-Clarks chief executive loses unfair dismissal case

7 Oct 2019

A former Clarks chief executive has lost his case for unfair dismissal after he was asked to resign following accusations of sexist, racist and homophobic comments.

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Rail statistics prove need for flexible season tickets

4 Oct 2019

Use of season tickets is falling as commuters’ flexible working arrangements mean they are no longer good value for money.

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Female leaders launch #MeTooPay campaign to end discrimination

3 Oct 2019

More than 100 of the UK’s most successful female business leaders have launched a campaign to close the gender pay...

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Women lose legal challenge against hike in state pension age

3 Oct 2019

The manner in which the government increased women’s state pension age was not discriminatory, a judicial review has found, rather...

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clarks mike shearwood tribunal

Former chief executive takes Clarks to tribunal over misconduct claims

30 Sep 2019

Mike Shearwood says he was not given the opportunity to defend the claims.

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