My belief is that the sex discrimination act has prevented a lot of discrimination for taking place for those who are afraid to break the law, however for those who aren’t afraid to break the law still discriminate against people because of their gender and sexuality. Research shows that despite the Sex Discrimination Act’s undeniable achievements, there is cause for concern about its current and future role, and that more than cosmetic reform is necessary.
Also just because the act was put into place doesn’t change people’s opinion of sexuality or gender they will always have discriminatory thoughts about people no matter what law is put into place or what the consequences are for discrimination. Has it been successful in promoting anti-discriminatory practice? It hasn’t been successful in promoting anti-discriminatory practice as discrimination is still occurring even though the law is put into place as people are not afraid of the law.
Research shows that there are still a lot of sex discrimination that occurs every day although many cases are not being reported as people feel like nothing will be done therefore there is no need of reporting the case, this sometimes results in people taking matters into their own hands and dealing with situation on their own resulting in violence and more crime occurring in society. For example a woman wins sex discrimination case after miscarriages, the woman had two miscarriages and claimed she was sacked because of the time she took off work after them, has been awarded more than ?
12,500. Although she had won her case and got compensation she was still discriminated as she was a woman who was going through womanly difficulties yet her boss didn’t take into consideration instead he got rid of her because she was costing him money as he had to pay for her time off. There are still hundreds of sex discrimination cases that occur every day and not all of them are as successful and some are even unnoticed. Does it stop discrimination?
It terms of stopping discrimination it doesn’t stop the discrimination from occurring all together however it does prevent some sex discrimination cases from occurring as people are scared of the consequences of discriminating against someone and financial costs as if someone wins a sex discrimination case they would be awarded compensation for their experience so this stops many from discriminating however there is still discrimination occurring. Does it promote awareness and good practice?
It does promote awareness and good practice as it ensures that both genders are treated equally and fairly for example it allows both genders to be paid equally yet before the act was put into place this was not the case as women were paid half of what a man was paid for the same job and also it ensures that both genders are given equal opportunities for example both men and women can apply and work where ever they wish even it is seen as a woman’s job or a man’s both genders can apply for that job however before the act was in place women weren’t allowed to a lot of job roles as they were classed as being male jobs and that women couldn’t do them and this made life easier for men as they had a lot more jobs going for them, however life was a lot harder for women in finding a good job.