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the grounds of pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership was set out in the now repealed Sex Discrimination Act 1975.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


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Senior Institute of Directors staff resign after discrimination allegations

12 Mar 2018

The head of one of the UK’s longest-established business groups has defended the investigation of racism, bullying and sexism allegations...

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Discrimination costs the UK £127bn a year, claims study

26 Feb 2018

Discriminatory pay practices costs the UK economy £127bn in lost output every year, according to diversity and inclusion champion INvolve...

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Why there is no quick fix for the gender pay gap

9 Feb 2018

As the deadlines for gender pay gap reporting edge closer, organisations yet to report will be thinking carefully about how...

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Why supporting all carers benefits men, women and business

9 Feb 2018

Recent research showing how women and men continue to struggle to achieve the right balance between their work and family...

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Changes to judges’ pension scheme found to be discriminatory at EAT

31 Jan 2018

A group of judges have won their Employment Appeal Tribunal case, which found that transitional arrangements to a new public...

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Woman paid less than male colleague wins equal pay claim

26 Jan 2018

A female manager who was paid £7,680 a year less than a male colleague, despite doing the same job, last...

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Google faces class action claim over white male discrimination

9 Jan 2018

Two former Google employees have accused the company of discriminating against white conservative men in a class action claim.

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Report calls for action on women’s health issues at work

4 Jan 2018

A recent report from the Work Foundation is appealing for an end to stigma surrounding women’s health issues at work,...

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Jewish teacher sacked for ‘living in sin’ wins discrimination claim

5 Dec 2017

A school teacher has won a religious and sex discrimination claim against an Orthodox Jewish nursery which dismissed her for...

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Sexual harassment: how to make staff take complaints seriously

12 Oct 2017

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has once again placed the spotlight on sexual harassment reporting. Victims of sexual harassment are often...

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Sex discrimination: female chef excluded from working at all-male barbecue

9 Oct 2017

An employment tribunal held that a female chef was discriminated against when she was rejected for extra work at a...

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Acas study urges higher take-up of flexible working 

13 Sep 2017

A report published today by Acas calls for more flexible working for parents returning to work after parental leave as...

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Female HR directors more likely to view workplace as sexist, reports charity

4 Sep 2017

Almost half of female HR directors and decision-makers think their workplaces are sexist, compared with just a quarter of men...

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Five tribunal claims that will increase in post-fees era

30 Aug 2017

Following last month’s decision of the Supreme Court declaring that employment tribunal fees were unlawful, the number of tribunal claims...

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