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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Repealed 2010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Repealed by Equality Act 2010
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted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The Act was repealed in full by the Equality Act 2010.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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See also[edit]

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Bexhill Observer
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 06:41:15 -0700

Ms Hills praises the EU stance on equality but the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (c. 65) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Leaving the EU would still leave this act on our statute books so no difference there then. Woe betide any UK ...

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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:43:24 -0700

The central issue in this historic discrimination case was whether or not it was valid for the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 to have an upper limit on the amount of compensation that could be awarded. The tribunal wanted to award Ms Marshall almost £20 ...

BBC News

BBC News
Wed, 03 Feb 2010 07:43:26 -0800

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 ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sat, 02 Jan 2016 16:03:18 -0800

There's no denying Nick Wilkie has attracted more publicity for the NCT than any of its campaigns. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA. Saturday 2 January 2016 19.02 EST Last modified on Monday 4 January 2016 05.58 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 23:00:52 -0800

When the Equal Pay Act (1970) and the Sex Discrimination Act (1975) were passed, everyone thought that was it, done and dusted, as in Made in Dagenham. Pass a law and, hey presto, the world and its history is turned on its head. The 2010 Equality Act ...

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:37:30 -0700

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The Guardian (blog)

The Guardian (blog)
Sat, 31 Oct 2015 00:01:23 -0700

You are ill-informed and taken in by Left wing propaganda. The U.K. has always been ahead of the game with workplace rights & equality etc:-. UK legislation. The Equal Pay Act 1970. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975. The Equal Pay Amendment Act 1983

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