The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 prohibited sex discrimination in the workplace – this law was then replaced by the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 protects all employees and workers from less favourable treatment as a result of any protected characteristics including their gender.
Gender discrimination is defined as “adverse action against another person that would not have occurred had the person being of another sex.” The majority of the time, sex discrimination affects women who feel they have been unfairly discriminated against in favour of a male colleague. Sex discrimination does, however, affect men in the workplace albeit less often.
is presented with cases on a regular basis by those who have been affected by gender discrimination in the workplace. Some of the most common causes of workplace stress arising from gender discrimination are:
- A female employee being paid substantially less than her male colleagues even though they are fulfilling the same job role.
- A female employee being demoted or dismissed as soon as they become pregnant even though she could have continued to perform her job duties.
- A potential employee being asked discriminatory questions during a job interview.
- Working in an environment whereby the majority of the workforce is made up of one sex – harassment in this type of environment is not uncommon.
Despite the progress that has been made in the UK recently in relation to controlling and improving gender inequality and discrimination, this type of treatment does still occur in many companies and corporations. If you believe that your health has been adversely affected as a result of gender discrimination, it is your right to pursue compensation for the suffering that this caused you.
has successfully dealt with a number of cases on behalf of employees who have developed a recognised psychological illness or injury as a result of gender discrimination in the workplace. Our highly trained and experienced advisors are extremely confident that we can offer you the assistance you need in this particularly difficult area of personal injury law.