Creating a fairer Britain
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.
This section is about your right not to experience sex discrimination as a consumer of services provided by public bodies.
When goods or services are provided by a public body, they must be provided in a way that does not discriminate unfairly on the grounds of gender.
As well as this legal requirement not to discriminate, under the Public Sector Equality Duties public bodies have additional responsibilities to actively promote equality. See the Public Sector Equality Duties for more information.
Sex discrimination in services provided by public bodies could happen in areas such as:
The Sex Discrimination Act applies differently to public bodies when they provide a service that could not be provided by a private body (for example, deciding on custody of children in divorce cases). However, the Human Rights Act may still apply. See Sex discrimination in public services: what the law says for more information.
Examples may potentially include:
Where a condition or requirement is applied equally to both women and men; but which adversely affects one sex and is not genuinely necessary, it may amount to indirect sex discrimination. Examples include: