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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the grounds of pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership was set out in the now repealed Sex Discrimination Act 1975.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.
4 Jan 2018
A recent report from the Work Foundation is appealing for an end to stigma surrounding women’s health issues at work,...
5 Dec 2017
A school teacher has won a religious and sex discrimination claim against an Orthodox Jewish nursery which dismissed her for...
12 Oct 2017
The Harvey Weinstein scandal has once again placed the spotlight on sexual harassment reporting. Victims of sexual harassment are often...
9 Oct 2017
An employment tribunal held that a female chef was discriminated against when she was rejected for extra work at a...
13 Sep 2017
A report published today by Acas calls for more flexible working for parents returning to work after parental leave as...
4 Sep 2017
Almost half of female HR directors and decision-makers think their workplaces are sexist, compared with just a quarter of men...
30 Aug 2017
Following last month’s decision of the Supreme Court declaring that employment tribunal fees were unlawful, the number of tribunal claims...
15 Aug 2017
All jobs should be advertised as available for flexible working and fathers should receive ‘use it or lose it’ parental...
30 Jun 2017
Sexual harassment in the workplace is in the spotlight after widespread publicity of claims by a former employee at technology...
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