Our expert Sex Discrimination Solicitors and Equal Pay Lawyers can advise you on enforcing your rights or claiming compensation if you are a victim of discrimination on the grounds of sex.
It is unlawful for an employer to treat you differently from others:-
- Because of your sex,
- Because you are married, or
- Because you have had (or are going to have) gender reassignment
It is also unlawful for employers to discriminate between men and women in terms of their pay and conditions when they do the same or similar work.
Sex Discrimination includes victimisation and harassment
- Sex Discrimination can be direct or indirect, deliberate or accidental
- It applies to recruitment, terms and conditions, pay and benefits, status, training, promotion and transfers, selection for redundancy or dismissal
- Offensive behaviour (e.g. sexual remarks or gestures, displaying sexually explicit material, using offensive nicknames related to gender)
- Working practices or rules that might discriminate against most women
- Refusal to recruit part-time workers without good reason
- Unfair treatment if you have complained about discrimination
- Failing to stop sex discrimination by other employees
Sex discrimination laws cover most workers and all types of organisation - except where gender is a genuine occupational qualification.
Employers are allowed to take positive action in relation to training and encouraging employees to apply for posts - in order to encourage or give support specifically to men or women - but selection for posts must be based on individual suitability.