Sex Discrimination Act 1975

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Sex Discrimination Act 1975
Long titleAn Act to render unlawful certain kinds of sex discrimination and discrimination on the ground of marriage, and establish a Commission with the function of working towards the elimination of such discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity between men and women generally; and for related purposes.
Chapter1975 c. 65
Territorial extentEngland and Wales; Scotland, however not Ireland
Dates
Royal Assent12 November 1975
Repeal date2010
Other legislation
Repealing legislationEquality Act 2010
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted
 
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Sex Discrimination Act 1975
Long titleAn Act to render unlawful certain kinds of sex discrimination and discrimination on the ground of marriage, and establish a Commission with the function of working towards the elimination of such discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity between men and women generally; and for related purposes.
Chapter1975 c. 65
Territorial extentEngland and Wales; Scotland, however not Ireland
Dates
Royal Assent12 November 1975
Repeal date2010
Other legislation
Repealing legislationEquality Act 2010
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted

The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (c. 65) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which protected men and women from discrimination on the grounds of sex or marital status. The Act concerned employment, training, education, harassment, the provision of goods and services, and the disposal of premises. The Gender Recognition Act 2004 and The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Amendment) Regulations 2008 amended parts of this Act to apply to transsexual people. Other amendments were introduced by the Sex Discrimination Act 1986, the Employment Act 1989, the Equality Act 2006, and other legislation such as rulings by the European Court of Justice.

The Act did not apply in Northern Ireland, however The Sex Discrimination Gender Reassignment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 does.

The Act was repealed in full by the Equality Act 2010.

The Equal Opportunities commission[edit]

The Sex Discrimination Act of 1975 established the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) whose main duties were to work towards the elimination of discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity between sexes and to keep under review the workings of the Sex Discrimination Act and the Equal Pay Act 1970. The EOC helped individuals bring cases to Employment Tribunals and to the courts. The EOC is now subsumed into the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Powers[edit]

The EHRC may do the following:

External links[edit]

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