Legislation Essay

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Sex discrimination Act 1975 The Sex Discrimination Act was introduced in 1975, to ensure that no discrimination was to occur due to an individual’s gender. This protects men, women and transgendered individual from discrimination on the grounds of gender. This made it illegal to refuse a job or training to a person because of their sex. Sex discrimination has frequently occurred in the past, mainly in the workplace and specifically towards women. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 enables for equality between men and women when it comes to equal pay for the same job. In addition, it means that situations where ‘men only’ advertising occurred, such as job adverts, could reckon to be sex discrimination. This Act promotes anti discriminatory practice, as both men and women are able to be treated to an equal pay. In some cases, the men’s pay can be slightly increased then the women. This is due to the role of their job. For example, a male nurse would receive a slight increase salary, then a female nurse. This is because, due to the domination of females that are nurses, there is a less population of male nurses and thus the salary would be increased for male nurses. (Civilrightsmovement.co.uk, 2015). The Equality Act 2010 makes it against the law for an employer to discriminate against employees because of their gender. There are four types of Sex discrimination and they are; Direct discrimination: treating someone less favourably because of their actual or perceived sex, or due to the sex of someone with whom they relate. An example of this could be not employing a female, mainly because of her gender. Indirect discrimination: Is when, there is a policy, practice or procedures that apply to all workers, but particularly disadvantages workers of a particular sex. For example, a requirement that job applicants must be able to lift heavy boxes around, could be met

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