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Sexual discrimination

If you need information on sexual harassment and sex discrimination, read through the questions and answers below and then take a look at the links to find out more.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment covers a whole range of things from rude remarks to leering and unwanted physical contact. They are known in law as direct discrimination under the Sex Discrimination Act, 1975. 

Can this happen to men as well as women?

Yes, both men and women may be victims of sexual harassment. Unfair treatment, such as being refused a job or a place on a course or suffering from discrimination while trying to buy something or rent a flat, is also covered by the Act. 

If something like this has happened to me, what should I do?

If you have experienced discrimination, don't let it go unnoticed. Make a detailed note of what has happened, including when, where and how the event took place and who was involved.

Try speaking to someone you trust, such as a parent, teacher or personal adviser. You could also get in touch with one of the agencies listed or check out the website links.

What is sexual discrimination?

Sexual discrimination is when you are treated differently because of your sex and when the different treatment negatively affects an aspect of your life.  

Examples of sexual discrimination:

  • Not getting a job because of your sex
  • Having to pay more for something because of your sex
  • Being refused access to something because of your sex

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