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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the grounds of pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership was set out in the now repealed Sex Discrimination Act 1975.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.
18 Feb 2020
A highly anticipated case to test whether it is discriminatory for employers to enhance maternity pay while not doing the...
20 Jan 2020
Sexual misconduct complaints and cases rise sharply as #MeToo wields influence.
11 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...
3 Dec 2019
A female police officer’s claim for sex discrimination has been upheld after she did not receive a ‘London allowance’ during her maternity leave.
29 Nov 2019
A department store in Japan has said it is reviewing a policy where its staff could wear badges indicating whether...
22 Nov 2019
Employment tribunal awards £400,000 to former Qatari Embassy secretary who was subjected to a campaign of sexual harassment and discrimination.
29 Oct 2019
The government has said it will consult on the idea that employers should be required to provide, as a minimum,...
28 Oct 2019
BBC journalist Samira Ahmed is taking an equal pay case against the broadcaster to an employment tribunal, claiming she was...
23 Oct 2019
The Musicians’ Union is campaigning for stronger protections from sexual harassment and discrimination after almost half of members surveyed said...
16 Oct 2019
An employee who was made redundant when Capita Customer Management refused to allow her to continue working part time following...
15 Oct 2019
The #MeToo movement is two years old this week and has been influential in altering behaviour, bolstering equality and respect...
8 Oct 2019
A police constable has won a sex discrimination claim after an industrial tribunal found that the Police Service of Northern...
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.
4 Oct 2019
Use of season tickets is falling as commuters’ flexible working arrangements mean they are no longer good value for money.