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the grounds of pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership was set out in the now repealed Sex Discrimination Act 1975.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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An employment tribunal held that a female chef was discriminated against when she was rejected for extra work at a...

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

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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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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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Enhancing family-friendly pay: pros and cons for employers

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Shared parental pay: father wins sex discrimination case

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Despite the introduction of shared parental leave, employers have been slow to enhance fathers’ rights at work. John Smith, a...

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Tribunal awards £2 to claimant denied companion at disciplinary hearing

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Stephen Simpson rounds up recent decisions published on the online database of first-instance employment tribunal judgments

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New guidance on workplace dress codes will be published by the Government, but

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With the gender pay gap reporting Regulations coming into force in April, it is critical that HR teams can understand...

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Dads face negative bias in quest for work-life balance

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Fathers face a negative bias when seeking a better work-life balance or applying for part-time employment, a new study suggests....

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Recent research shows that the gender pay gap has significantly reduced for younger workers, but that the gap remains wide...

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