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Equal Opportunities and Human Rights in the Public Services
The Sex Discrimination Act 1975

The Sex Discrimination Act 1975

"If you compare today with the late 1950s or 60s, there have been important changes in what is expected of men and women. Nowadays it is much more likely that women will have jobs outside the home, more men are actively involved in housekeeping and parenting. However, these popular images of the 'new man' and 'new women' can hide big differences that remain between their place and status in society.

Although more women are now employed, many are in part-time, low paid jobs. More women do work in senior posts in some organisations, but there are areas in the job market which are still very strongly male dominated. And it is still women who take on most of the responsibilities for bringing up children and who depend more on childcare facilities and flexible working arrangements. It is no coincidence that many of the big supermarket chains offer part-time work which fits in with school hours."

These changes have led to increased incidences of individuals and groups suffering real discrimination in the workplace, in services they can access and in opportunities in education. This led to the introduction of the Sexual Discrimination Act 1975.

Click on the link below to see what activities are made illegal, how ‘direct discrimination' and ‘indirect discrimination' are defined and the protection against victimization given to persons who exercise their rights under this act.


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