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Free EnquirySexual Discrimination

What is sexual discrimination and when can you make a claim against your employer?

Sexual discrimination takes place if you are discriminated against on the grounds of your sex, marital status or gender.

The 1975 Sex Discrimination Act confirms that it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against you on the following grounds:-

  • Your marital status
  • Your gender
  • You have had or are intending to have gender re-assignment

Do you have to be employed to suffer sexual discrimination?

Sexual discrimination can take place even before you are employed in the interview and recruitment process. Therefore, you do not have to be employed to make a claim for sexual discrimination.

Types of sexual discrimination

Sexual discrimination can relate to various aspects of your employment. In addition to the recruitment process, it can also cover your employment terms and conditions, pay and benefits, training, status, redundancy, dismissal and promotion or transfer opportunities.

If you feel that you are being discriminated against on the grounds of your sex for any of these matters, you are entitled to investigate the claim for sexual discrimination.

When is it not sexual discrimination?

In some cases, a job can be offered to a particular sex when the job specifically requires this. This could include vacancies in single sex schools or in the acting profession when a male or female is required for a role.

What action can you take if you feel you are the victim of sexual discrimination?

If you believe you have been discriminated against on the grounds of your sex you may be able to make a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Before taking this action you should raise the matter with your employer in an attempt to sort the matter out informally. If this is not successful, you should consider taking legal action against your employer.

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