Employment Law FAQ:

The law is stated as at 10 December 2015

SD04: Can an employee bring a claim of sex discrimination post-employment?

Yes. It is unlawful to discriminate against a woman by subjecting her to a detriment where the discrimination arises out of and is closely connected with a relevant relationship such as an employment relationship. Provisions in the Equality Act 2010 which came into force on 1 October 2010 made it clear that post-employment discrimination is covered. An example of this would be refusal to provide a reference.

For further information concerning post employment discrimination in the context of references, see the relevant FAQs in our References FAQs.

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