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Sex discrimination

Fiona Cuming

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:

  • recruitment;
  • terms and conditions;
  • pay and benefits;
  • part-time and flexible-working arrangements;
  • training, development and performance appraisals;
  • promotion;
  • dismissal; and
  • references.

Fiona Cuming, employment law editor

New and updated

  • Cases on appeal

    Type:
    Law reports

    Updated to include information on London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo, in which the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court's judgment and restored the county court's decision to dismiss Ms Agoreyo's claim.

  • Date:
    11 January 2019
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    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?

  • Women face discrimination in surgeons' 'old boys club', research finds

    Date:
    10 January 2019
    Type:
    News

    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.

  • Sex discrimination

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    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.

  • Lloyds ordered to pay up to £150 million to female pension scheme members

    Date:
    30 October 2018
    Type:
    News

    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.

  • Sex discrimination awards 2017/18

    Type:
    Quick reference

    A table listing the sex discrimination awards made by employment tribunals in 2017/18.

  • Police chiefs commit to developing sexual harassment action plan

    Date:
    16 August 2018
    Type:
    News

    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.

  • Women facing routine workplace bias: warning issued on rights after Brexit

    Date:
    23 July 2018
    Type:
    News

    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.

  • Podcast: Enhancing shared parental pay

    Date:
    22 June 2018
    Type:
    Audio and video

    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.

  • Discrimination in recruitment and selection

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    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.