Editor's message: It is unlawful to discriminate against workers in the workplace because of their sex. While the majority of cases concern women, sex discrimination claims may also be brought by men.
The sex discrimination legislation prohibits not only direct and indirect discrimination, but also harassment and victimisation because of the protected characteristic of sex.
The protection against sex discrimination covers all stages of employment, including:
Fiona Cuming, employment law editor
As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what were the 10 most important judgments in 2018 that every employer should know about?
Six out of 10 female surgeons have experienced discrimination at work, with many feeling the profession does not support childcare commitments or progression into senior roles.
Updated to reflect that the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal in Uber BV and others v Aslam and others on 19 December 2018.
Updated to include information on Uber BV and others v Aslam and others, in which the Court of Appeal held that Uber drivers are workers.
The High Court has ruled that Lloyds Banking Group must pay up to £150 million to female members of its pension scheme after a landmark court ruling.
A table listing the sex discrimination awards made by employment tribunals in 2017/18.
Police chiefs have vowed to address sexual harassment across the force after it emerged a high proportion of police officers and staff had witnessed or experienced some form of inappropriate behaviour.
Survey figures released last week indicate that women are routinely discriminated against at small and medium-sized businesses in the UK with 15% of bosses admitting they had broken, or would break, sex discrimination rules. And a review of women's rights warns that workplace guarantees for women could disappear next year.
We discuss the recent decision of Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police and another, in which the EAT considered the question of whether or not employers are required to enhance statutory shared parental pay where maternity pay is enhanced.
The law on discrimination in recruitment and selection, including the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on recruitment, direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, the duty to make reasonable adjustments, positive action, occupational requirements, monitoring and keeping records.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to sex discrimination.