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Sex Discrimination Act 1975
Long title 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.
Citation 1975 c. 65
Territorial extent England and Wales; Scotland, however not Northern Ireland
Royal Assent 12 November 1975
Repealed 2010
Other legislation
Repealed by Equality Act 2010
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted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The Act was repealed in full by the Equality Act 2010.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[edit]

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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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:50:03 -0800

It's anticipated the bill will come into force from autumn 2010. It's been unlawful to discriminate against a mum breastfeeding in public since the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, but without the Equality Bill, someone could still tell you not to do so in ...
Wed, 03 Feb 2010 08:52:13 -0800

Her solicitor Kam Bains said the Southampton Employment Tribunal ruled that 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 ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:04:11 -0700

Women earn on average 24% less than men, work more hours and have less chance of receiving a pension in later life, according to UN Women's flagship report, which calls for an overhaul of global economic policies to improve women's lives. The 2015 ...

New Statesman

New Statesman
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 12:48:45 -0800

... simply take a pay cut and demotion. 20. A new Equal Pay Act would not fix all aspects of gender inequality, but it would certainly be a step in the right direction. So let's do it. ***. S1 (a) Sex Discrimination Act 1975. Directive 2006/54/EC ...


Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:52:30 -0700

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 ...
Huffington Post UK
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:09:39 -0700

From the 1965 Race Relations Act and the 1970 Equal Pay Act, to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Race Relations Act 1976, through to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and more recently the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000 and Equality ...

Bedford Today

Bedford Today
Sat, 09 May 2015 23:56:15 -0700

Before long legislation such as the Equal Pay Act 1970 followed by a European Directive in 1975, and the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 would have an impact on equal opportunities in the work place. “In July, 1974 I became aware that Bedfordshire Police ...

Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits
Tue, 05 May 2015 23:52:33 -0700

The Equal Pay Act 1970 pre-dated the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, both of which are now consolidated in the Equality Act 2010. The Equal Pay Act was the first legislation aimed at addressing inequality in the workplace in the post-war period and, since ...

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