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Factsheet:

Sex discrimination, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and employment

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This factsheet was last updated in August 2016.

What is sex, sexual orientation or gender reassignment discrimination?

These forms of discrimination arises when someone is unfairly disadvantaged for reasons related to their gender or sexuality.

Such discrimination can:

  • adversely affect  employment opportunities
  • result in failure to consider skills-based abilities, potential and experience
  • result in significant legal costs, compensation and settlements paid to avoid defending expensive discrimination claims.

For convenience, we've grouped together discrimination relating to sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment in this factsheet.

All legislation relating to discrimination in the UK is contained within the Equality Act 2010. The Equality and Human Rights Commission publish a range of guidance on all aspects of the Equality Act. CIPD members can find out more in our Equality Act 2010 factsheet and more on discrimination law generally in our Discrimination law FAQs. 
 
Within the Equality Act 2010 there are a number of different types of discrimination. These apply to the protected characteristics, which include sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

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