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sex discrimination frequently asked questions

This is when an individual is treated differently or unfairly because of their sex. For instance, stating in a job advert or promotion opportunity that the role is better suited to a certain sex would amount to discrimination.   Treating someone less favourably can occur in three main ways: 
  • Either as a result of their own sex (ordinary direct discrimination) 
  • Their perceived sex (direct discrimination by perception) 
  • Their association with someone of a particular sex (direct discrimination by association) 
This is when an individual is treated differently or unfairly because of their sex. For instance, stating in a job advert or promotion opportunity that the role is better suited to a certain sex would amount to discrimination.   Treating someone less favourably can occur in three main ways: 
  • Either as a result of their own sex (ordinary direct discrimination) 
  • Their perceived sex (direct discrimination by perception) 
  • Their association with someone of a particular sex (direct discrimination by association) 
This is where a rule, practice or procedure is applied to all employees, but it puts a certain sex at a disadvantage. To succeed in bringing an indirect discrimination claim an employee has to show how they have personally been disadvantaged, as well has how the discrimination has or would have disadvantaged other employees of the same sex.
Harassment in the workplace occurs when an individual is a victim of humiliation, degradation, intimidation or hostility. It normally falls within one of the following categories: 
  • “unwanted conduct” related to a person’s sex causing a distressing, humiliating or offensive environment for them 
  • unwanted conduct of a sexual nature  
  • less favourable treatment of an employee because they have rejected sexual harassment or have been the victim of it 
This is where a person has previously made a complaint, or raised a grievance about being discriminated in the workplace, and has been treated unfairly as a result.
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