A major review of the UK’s sex discrimination laws has been launched by the Fawcett Society amid fears that Brexit could “turn the clocks” back on women’s rights.
The review will consider the effectiveness of the laws to date in addressing gender inequality, including access to justice. It will also identify gaps in protections for women and recommend how those gaps could be addressed.
The review, in particular, will look at pregnancy discrimination, sexist dress codes, equal pay; family friendly rights for parents and carers; harassment including on the internet and social media; and hate crimes.
The review will be headed by Dame Laura Cox DBE, a retired High Court Justice and co-ordinated by equality law expert Gay Moon. Panel members include a number of leading QCs and equality law experts. The review is set to last for approximately nine months and will report in the autumn.
Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, said, “The Prime Minister has made the welcome commitment that she wants the UK to be a fairer place, that she will not only protect workers’ rights but build on them.”
“We share that goal.”
“We have an ambitious vision, to make the UK the best place to be a woman.”
“But to achieve that we need to create a legislative framework fit for the 21st century.”
“One that genuinely protects the rights of the individual – rights that they can exercise by giving them access to justice – and promotes equality.”
“The PM has also made clear that if necessary she will take the UK down a low tax low regulation path.”
“That can only mean us turning the clock back on women’s rights and we cannot allow that to happen.”