The Fawcett Society has published a useful ‘Sex Discrimination Law Review’, which examines whether sex discrimination law in the UK is actually fit for purpose. It remains to be seen whether the proposals are implemented. However, it does highlight that a large number of pregnant women and working mothers are made redundant or are pressured to leave their jobs each year – yet protection from dismissal due to pregnancy and maternity discrimination ends on the last day of maternity leave.
The report also recommends that the Equality Act 2010 be amended to provide protection against dual discrimination (i.e. discrimination based on a combination of protected characteristics), as well as making recommendations in relation to Brexit, violence against women and girls, promoting equality, access to justice and sex equality in Northern Ireland.