Being treated unfairly because you are a man or a woman is called sexual discrimination. It is illegal to discriminate because of someone’s sex in:
This sexual discrimination can be direct or indirect, or can take in the form of victimisation or harassment. It does not need to be deliberate, it could be that the person does not even realise they are discriminating, but this might still count as discrimination against you.
The law states there cannot be positive discrimination in favour of a particular sex. For example, an employer cannot just hire all males and turn down all women
The law also states that men and women are protected from discrimination against:
Direct discrimination is where someone is treated less favourably because of their sex than someone else. Examples of this are:
Indirect sexual discrimination examples are:
It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you because of your sex. This includes all employers, no matter how few people they employ. Most workers, including employees, agency workers, trainees and those who are self-employed have protection from sex discrimination at work. This includes:
There are special rules to protect women who are pregnant or on maternity leave from discrimination at work.
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