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the grounds of pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership was set out in the now repealed Sex Discrimination Act 1975.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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Largest university in UK hit by boycott over outsourced staff

Academics, students and leading politicians have launched a boycott of the University of London in support of outsourced workers

Lloyds ordered to pay up to £150 million to female pension scheme members

29 Oct 2018

The High Court has ruled that Lloyds Banking Group must pay up to £150 million to female members of its...

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How menopause policies can help to reduce employment tribunal risk

19 Oct 2018

If women’s menopause symptoms are not treated sensitively, employers can face increased risks of claims for sex and disability discrimination....

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Schoolgirl awarded £16k in Pizza Hut sexual harassment case

13 Aug 2018

A 17-year-old schoolgirl receptionist at a Pizza Hut Delivery branch in east London has been awarded £15,800 after winning a...

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So… can employers enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay?

6 Jun 2018

Recent tribunal decisions have provided some guidance on the legalities of offering enhanced maternity but not enhanced shared parental pay....

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Government dress code guidance dismissed as ‘Janet and John’

18 May 2018

The Government today issued guidance for employers on how they can ensure dress codes are not discriminatory. They do not...

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Male employee on shared parental pay not directly discriminated against, rules EAT

1 May 2018

It is not direct sex discrimination to offer men on shared parental leave statutory pay while at the same time...

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How to use neuroscience to tackle unconscious bias

10 Apr 2018

Testing for instinctive prejudices in the workplace is a controversial area. But an approach based on the functioning of the...

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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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