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
Updated to reflect that the Court of Appeal heard the appeal in Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley and others on 22 May 2019.
The Court of Appeal has heard the appeals in Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police v Hextall and Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali, which considered whether or not it is discriminatory against men for employers to enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay. We summarise what stage the cases have reached, explain their implications, and highlight some employers that have recently enhanced family-friendly leave.
Practical guidance on using positive action when taking steps to close the gender pay gap, including the difference between positive action and positive discrimination, measures that could amount to positive action and how to develop an action plan.
Updated to include information on Furlong v Chief Constable of Cheshire Police, in which the tribunal considered if the police force had lawfully applied the positive action measures in the Equality Act 2010.
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.
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.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to sex discrimination.