Sex discrimination

Fiona Cuming

Editor's message: It is unlawful to discriminate against workers in the workplace because of their sex. While the majority of cases concern women, sex discrimination claims may also be brought by men.

The sex discrimination legislation prohibits not only direct and indirect discrimination, but also harassment and victimisation because of the protected characteristic of sex.

The protection against sex discrimination covers all stages of employment, including:

  • recruitment;
  • terms and conditions;
  • pay and benefits;
  • part-time and flexible-working arrangements;
  • training, development and performance appraisals;
  • promotion;
  • dismissal; and
  • references.

Fiona Cuming, employment law editor

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