- Simon HoneyballSimon HoneyballFormerly Head of Law, University of Exeter
This chapter examines the law on contractual discrimination in employment. It first considers the earliest statutory sex discrimination protection for workers, i.e. the provisions giving protection for all discrimination on grounds of sex in employment contracts. It then examines the history behind the legislation and its practical effect; explains the scheme of legal protection and the ways in which a claimant can found a claim; and looks at the avenues open to employers to mount a defence to such a claim. Finally, the chapter explores the protection afforded by EU law. Various legislative rights supporting the family with regard to employment are considered, namely those relating to maternity and parenting, including adoption.