Editor's message: The law on sex discrimination is embodied in the Equality Act 2010, which prohibits direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation because of the protected characteristic of sex.
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.
Jeya Thiruchelvam, senior employment law editor
Updated to include information on Michalak v General Medical Council and others, in which the Supreme Court held that the employment tribunal had jurisdiction to hear a discrimination claim against the General Medical Council.
The Supreme Court has considered whether or not an employment tribunal has jurisdiction to hear a complaint by a doctor against the General Medical Council for discrimination.
Special guest Jo Broadbent, who is a professional support lawyer with Hogan Lovells, joins us to discuss the rights that apply to pregnant employees and those on maternity leave in a redundancy situation, including the practical steps employers can take to avoid falling foul of the law.
With the reports of historical sexual harassment in Hollywood and now Parliament, employees may feel increasingly able to come forward with such claims in the workplace. Will Clift, solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood, looks at how HR should handle them and the legal grounds for allegations of historical sexual harassment.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that a height restriction for applicants to the Greek police academy cannot be justified and constitutes indirect sex discrimination.
HR has a key role in preventing discrimination against transgender people. Jennie Kermode, author of a new book on transgender people in the workplace, gives six tips on making the workplace more inclusive.
An employment tribunal has held that an employer committed direct sex discrimination when it rejected a female chef's request to do paid extra work at a private event organised by the head of sales, who said that it was an all-male event and that a male chef would be preferable.
A table listing the sex discrimination awards made by employment tribunals in 2016/17.
Almost half of female HR directors and decision-makers think their workplaces are sexist, compared with just a quarter of men in the same position, according to the Young Women's Trust charity.
In this podcast, Darren Newman explores the issue of sex discrimination and workplace dress codes.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to sex discrimination.