New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

Unlawful sex discrimination happens when someone is treated unfairly because of their gender. Women, men and transsexual people can all experience sex discrimination.

Sex discrimination also includes treating someone less favourably because they are married or in a civil partnership: for example, by not hiring married women.

For information on how to make a complaint if you think you have experienced sex discrimination, see Using your rights.

This section includes information on your right to be free from sex discrimination:

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