The Employment Equality (Sex Discrimination) Regulations 2005 implement the amended Equal Treatment Directive (2002/73/EC) and are effective from 1 October 2005.

The regulations update the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (SDA) and the main changes are as follows.

  • New definition of indirect discrimination — the definition will be brought in to line with the Equal Treatment Directive, namely, an employer will discriminate against a female employee if it applies to her a provision, criterion or practice which it applies or would apply equally to a man, but which:

    • puts or would put women at a particular disadvantage when compared with men

    • puts her at that disadvantage, and

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