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the grounds of pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership was set out in the now repealed Sex Discrimination Act 1975.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


Pressure mounts on ministers to reinstate gender pay gap reporting

Calls are growing for the government to confirm whether employers will need to report their 2020/21 gender pay gap figures.

No-one can escape gender bias

8 Feb 2021

Leaders might feel as though they’re making progress on gender equality. But there are still innate biases and social dynamics...

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Dubai

How to keep LGBT employees safe abroad

8 Feb 2021

It may not seem a burning issue right now, but there good reasons for firms to meet the needs of LGBT+ employees who need to travel or be resident abroad.

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Meetings ‘drag on’ if women are involved, says Japan’s Olympics chief

4 Feb 2021

Former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori has apologised for denigrating women with sexist remarks.

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Google to pay $3.8m for discriminating against thousands

2 Feb 2021

The US Department of Labor has reached a settlement with Google to resolve allegations of systemic gender and race discrimination.

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A sixth of redundant staff say they were selected for being a parent

28 Jan 2021

Law firm Slater and Gordon says some redundancy selection processes are unfair and employers are unlawfully making decisions based on protected characteristics.

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‘Best fit’ hire lands NHS trust with ageism pay-out

14 Jan 2021

A young, mainly female team influenced a hiring decision concerning a 50-year-old man, leading to his successful claim for age and sex discrimination.

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Racist, sexist, homophobic police officers sacked

8 Jan 2021

Three police officers at Hampshire Constabulary’s serious organised crime unit were sacked for gross misconduct after being secretly bugged following whistleblower concerns.

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Flexible working: Can we go back on arrangements in future?

8 Jan 2021

The unprecedented shift towards home and flexible working brought about by Covid-19 has led many employers to announce permanent new...

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Women more stressed than men about work during pandemic

21 Dec 2020

New data suggests women in the UK are disproportionately more stressed by their work situation than men.

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Raph Mokades, founder and managing director of Rare

‘Use data-driven approaches to reduce unconscious bias’

21 Dec 2020

The founder of diversity recruiter Rare has called on the government to replace the current style of unconscious bias training...

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Liz Truss criticises Equality Act’s focus on protected characteristics

17 Dec 2020

Addressing inequality geographically and on an individual basis far more valid than using race, religion or other protected characteristics, says Truss.

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Pinterest pays $22.5m to settle former COO’s gender discrimination claim

15 Dec 2020

Pinterest has agreed to pay $22.5m (£16.9m) to settle a gender discrimination and retaliation case brought by its former chief...

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Gym employees win payout after ‘women can’t be managers’ comments

14 Dec 2020

Two female gym employees who were subjected to derogatory comments about their sex share £15k payout.

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Female executive wins £64,000 after being ‘frozen out’ by all-male board

14 Dec 2020

A 59-year-old woman has won a £64,000 pay-out after she was dismissed, with the judge declaring that ageism is worse for women than men.

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