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the grounds of pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership was set out in the now repealed Sex Discrimination Act 1975.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


Women are the key to filling skills gaps

11 May 2004

The Equal Opportunities Commission has identified a major source of skills that can help out the construction, engineering and IT sectors - women.

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An education in diversity

1 May 2004

Justin Hutchence describes how six months of one-hour drama sessions brought to life issues of race, disability and discrimination for 900 staff at the University of Reading

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Playing fair

1 May 2004

The European Court of Justice is Europe’s supreme legal body that ensures legislation is consistent in each member state. Its...

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Site clear up

1 May 2004

Employers need to take heed of employment law issues in the construction industry.

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Out of site

1 May 2004

Employers in the construction industry need to wake up to anti-discrimination and equal opportunity laws before there is a further slump in skills shortages and manpower.

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Driving home equality

1 Mar 2004

Bowing to pressure from its trade unions, BMW Group’s once strike-ridden Oxford plant agreed to take a partnership approach to...

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Opening Pandora’s box

1 Mar 2004

If you thought we had reached the Promised Land of equal pay for men and women, think again. Employers should be acting now to smooth the path to equality before reviews highlight pay discrepancies among employees.

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That was the year…

1 Feb 2004

2003 provided HR professionals and employment lawyers with a steady stream of new laws, cases, and European regulations that ranged...

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