Sexual Discrimination


The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 is designed to protect employees from any type of sexual discrimination. This act makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees based on gender at any stage of the employment process – from recruitment and training to salary and dismissal.


Sex discrimination is typically divided into many different categories.


Direct Discrimination

Direct discrimination occurs when an employee is treated less favourably due to their gender and/or marital status.


Indirect Discrimination

Indirect discrimination is less noticeable than direct discrimination. It involves an employer implementing an environment where someone of a particular gender or marital status is put at a disadvantage.


Maternity Leave

Firing an employee due to a pregnancy or for going on maternity leave constitutes sexual discrimination.


Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can be caused via either verbal or physical conduct where the victim feels his/her dignity has been violated and an intimidating environment has been created.



Employees who have made a complaint about sexual discrimination may be treated less favourably by the employer – this in itself is counted as sexual discrimination.


If you have been the victim of sexual discrimination, Savas and Savage can help you attain justice. If you have been affected by any type of sexual discrimination, call us today for a free, no obligations chat.