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Sex Discrimination frequently occurs in today’s workplaces but is often considered as banter or a just a joke. Sex Discrimination occurs when you are treated poorly in the workplace because you are a man or a woman. 
 
The Equality Act 2010 states that you must not be discriminated against because 
 
1. You are (or are not) a particular sex. 
2. Someone thinks you are the opposite sex. Known as perception discrimination. 
3. You are connected to someone of a particular sex. Known as discrimination by association. 
 
In the Equality Act, sex can mean either male or female, or a group of people like men or boys, or women or girls. 
 
There are several types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace as follows: 
 
• Direct sex discrimination 
• Indirect sex discrimination 
• Harassment related to your sex 
• Sexual harassment 
• Victimisation 
 
Different kinds of Sex Discrimination 
 
1) An employer promotes an equally-qualified male colleague because of his sex rather than his skills and/or qualifications over a female employee – this could constitute direct sex discrimination 
 
2) An employer changes the shift patterns for staff so that they finish at 5 pm instead of 3pm. Female employees with caring responsibilities may be at a disadvantage if the new shift pattern means they cannot collect their children from school or childcare – this could constitute indirect sex discrimination 
 
3) An Employer makes a comment that he does not promote women because they “always go off to have babies”. Even though he doesn’t direct these comments at a specific female employee, if one of her colleagues is very upset by this and worries about her career. This could constitute sex-related harassment
 
4) If an employee put an indecent screen saver on his PC and another employee saw it and was offended. This could constitute sexual harassment 
 
5) A Manager shouts at an employee because he thinks that she intends to support another employee’s sexual harassment claim. This would be victimisation. 
 
If you feel you may need to make a sex discrimination claim, or to speak to a member of our Sex Discrimination Claims team for advice, please call us on 0113 2007480 or fill in our contact form and one of the team will call you back. 
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