Sex discrimination

Ashok Kanani Editor's message: The concept of direct discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 is very wide. As well as the less favourable treatment of a person because of his or her own sex, direct sex discrimination extends to less favourable treatment because of a person's perceived sex, even where that perception is wrong. This could occur, for example, where an employer rejects a CV from a man who it wrongly believes to be a woman because of his name.

Direct sex discrimination also covers the situation where a person is treated less favourably because of someone else’s sex, for example because of the sex of his or her colleagues, friends or relatives.

We explain direct sex discrimination in Employment law manual > Equality and human rights > Sex discrimination > Direct discrimination.

Ashok Kanani, employment law editor

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