Sex Discrimination Law Review

The Fawcett Society has launched an exciting new project to review our sex discrimination laws and we want to gather evidence from a wide range of individuals, organisations, legal experts, employers and trade unions.

Written submissions can be sent to lawreview@fawcettsociety.org.uk. This may include articles or reports which are already in the public domain and that you want to bring to our attention.

Tell us:

What are the rights you want to protect?

Where are the gaps in our legislative framework?

What works well now? What doesn’t work well?

What do we need to put in place for the future?

We also want to hear from individuals who have experienced discrimination or harassment. Has the law worked for you?

The Review:

The Review has been established in response to the concern that rights may be eroded or weakened as a result of Brexit. But the Review will also consider the effectiveness of current laws and how best to balance the rights of the individual with the responsibilities of the organisation.The Review has a broad remit, including:

  • Employment law & discrimination including pregnancy discrimination, sexist dress codes, equal pay including pension provision
  • The application of the definition of indirect discrimination
  • Family friendly rights for parents and carers including possible consolidation
  • Harassment including on the internet and social media
  • Hate crime and its limits
  • Multiple discrimination, particularly intersectional discrimination and whether Section 14 of the Equality Act 2010 in its current form is sufficient
  • Public sector equality duty and specific duties
  • The balance of individual rights vs the responsibility of the organisation to promote equality
  • Access to justice

The Review is kindly funded by Fawcett Society members. We are particularly grateful for donations from Adrian Webb who has donated in memory of his late wife, Clare and from Stefan Cross QC and Action4Equality. Without their support this Review would not be possible.

Panel members:

Dame Laura Cox DBE, Chair
Gay Moon, Lead and co-ordinator
Sam Smethers, Fawcett Society
Anna Beale, Cloisters
Rachel Crasnow QC, Cloisters
Daphne Romney QC, Cloisters
Louise Whitfield, DPG Law
Prof Aileen McColgan, KCL
Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Law
Prof Colm O’Cinneide, UCL
Muriel Robison, Glasgow University, formerly EOC and EHRC
Matthew Creagh, TUC
Rachel Krys, EVAW
Sarah Lowe, EHRC
Katie Woods, Maternity Action

Get involved:

The panel held its first meeting in March, and focused on employment including pregnancy discrimination, family friendly rights for parents and carers, sexist dress codes, pay, pensions, and intersectional discrimination.

The next meeting will focus on violence against women and girls, including harassment, both online and offline, hate crime and its limits.

If you are submitting evidence on these issues, please do so by Tuesday 16th May.

If you have any queries you can contact us on this address: lawreview@fawcettsociety.org.uk.

Read our press release here.

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