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Gender discrimination in the workplace

What matters

Sex discrimination, whilst illegal, sadly still persists in today’s society. Harassment based on sex also remains a serious problem. Employers should take action to ensure all employees receive equal opportunities, regardless of their sex.

What matters next

Employers should take steps to encourage equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace by reviewing and refreshing their policies and procedures; ensuring staff are fully trained to recognise and manage inappropriate behaviour and an adequate reporting line is in place.

Our third article in the series focusing on discrimination in the workplace, covers the protected characteristic of sex (gender). We discuss the current legal position, planned changes and suggested best practice for employers.

What is sex discrimination?

Sex discrimination occurs when someone is treated unfairly due to their gender. In the UK, it has been illegal for some time (subject to certain exceptions) with the law now incorporated into the Equality Act 2010. 

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