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Sexual discrimination; An everyday occurrence.

Posted on Tuesday, 13th August 2013 by

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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:

  • Employment
  • Education
  • When providing goods and services like banking or transport
  • When dealing with housing
  • When activities are carried out by public authorities such as the NHS or government departments, police and prisons

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:

  • pregnancy and maternity leave
  • discrimination because you are changing gender
  • discrimination because you are married or in a civil partnership
  • discrimination because of your sexual orientation

Direct discrimination is where someone is treated less favourably because of their sex than someone else. Examples of this are:

  • Refusing to accept a woman’s salary as the basis for a mortgage
  • A nightclub charging higher entrance to get in than women.

Indirect sexual discrimination examples are:

  • a mortgage provider only giving mortgages to people who work full time.
  • An employer making all employees work full time.

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:

  • recruitment and selection
  • promotion
  • training, pay and benefits
  • redundancy and dismissal
  • terms and conditions of work.

There are special rules to protect women who are pregnant or on maternity leave from discrimination at work.

Andrew is a Commercial & Employment Law solicitor in Leicester. Our Solicitors in Leicester are experts in their fields and dedicated to quality client care. If you would like to find out more about our solicitors in Leicester please contact us.

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Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
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