Sex Discrimination Act 1975
||An Act to render unlawful certain kinds of sex discrimination and discrimination on the ground of marriage, and establish a Commission with the function of working towards the elimination of such discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity between men and women generally; and for related purposes.
||1975 c. 65
||England and Wales; Scotland, however not Northern Ireland
||12 November 1975
||Equality Act 2010
|Text of statute as originally enacted
The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (c. 65) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which protected men and women from discrimination on the grounds of sex or marital status. The Act concerned employment, training, education, harassment, the provision of goods and services, and the disposal of premises. The Gender Recognition Act 2004 and The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Amendment) Regulations 2008 amended parts of this Act to apply to transsexual people. Other amendments were introduced by the Sex Discrimination Act 1986, the Employment Act 1989, the Equality Act 2006, and other legislation such as rulings by the European Court of Justice.
The Act did not apply in Northern Ireland, however The Sex Discrimination Gender Reassignment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 does.
The Act was repealed in full by the Equality Act 2010.
The Equal Opportunities commission
The Sex Discrimination Act of 1975 established the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) whose main duties were to work towards the elimination of discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity between sexes and to keep under review the workings of the Sex Discrimination Act and the Equal Pay Act 1970. The EOC helped individuals bring cases to Employment Tribunals and to the courts. The EOC is now subsumed into the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
The EHRC may do the following:
- Bring proceedings in respect of certain provisions and seek a court injunction to restrain the repetition of an unlawful act
- Commence a claim before an employment tribunal on behalf of an individual.
- Give practical guidance and advice to persons who appear to have a complaint under the Acts.
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CPO Cartner's solicitor, Kam Bains, said the tribunal ruled the Royal Navy had discriminated against the sailor, contrary to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. He said it also made recommendations for reform as it found the Navy's promotion system was "a ...
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The law regulating sexual misconduct at work was introduced through the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 to address the particular problems that women faced. A similar law governed racial discrimination. By 1995, there was a significant body of case law on ...
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Mark Hadfield plays Harold Wilson as a Monty Pythonish buffoon, short shrift for a man with an outstanding academic record and whose government passed the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 - easy, but unfair, laughs. And America appears to be the strident ...
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:02:35 -0700
She created work opportunities for women with dependants, and predominantly employed women – only three out of FI's 300-odd programmers were male – until the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 made that illegal. She adopted the name “Steve” to help her in ...
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