Review of sex discrimination laws

09 February 2017

In response to the concern that rights may be eroded or weakened as a result of Brexit, a review of sex discrimination laws has been established.

The Fawcett Society, a leading UK charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights, has launched the new project to review the UK’s sex discrimination laws. They are looking to gather evidence from a wide range of individuals, organisations, legal experts, employers and trade unions.

The Review will also consider the effectiveness of current laws and how best to balance the rights of the individual with the responsibilities of the organisation. The Review has a broad remit, including:

  • Employment law & discrimination including pregnancy discrimination, sexist dress codes, equal pay including pension provision
  • The application of the definition of indirect discrimination
  • Family friendly rights for parents and carers including possible consolidation
  • Harassment including on the internet and social media
  • Hate crime and its limits
  • Multiple discrimination, particularly intersectional discrimination and whether Section 14 of the Equality Act 2010 in its current form is sufficient
  • Public sector equality duty and specific duties
  • The balance of individual rights vs the responsibility of the organisation to promote equality
  • Access to justice.

Read more about the review from the Fawcett Society here.