Equal Pay is a Sex-based Right

We still live in sexist times. BBC presenters paid less than their male equals. Female youth squad footballers thousands less per hour than their male counterparts.

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You can only sue for equal pay if you are paid less than someone of the opposite sex and you are doing equal work.

The Equality Act tells us it’s based on sex. Not on fairness, not on gender and not on a “glint in the eye”

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What happens to a sex-based right if your comparator transitions and is now the same legal sex as you?

Your claim has gone in a puff of smoke
The Scottish Government says that women won’t lose out when it reforms the Gender Recognition Act.

But it hasn’t made any proposals to ensure women keep their rights to equal pay.
Maybe it’s a quiet way to avoid having to deal with this kind of issue in future.

I think it’s time that we talked about sex a little bit more.



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Then this reveals something of your attitude to women and single sex spaces...
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I’d have hoped you would have taken a minute to ask your legal team to undertake due diligence.
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A personal highlight from the new U.K. Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance on single sex services is that it will overturn the original sexist guidance.

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High heels do not a woman make.

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Sex and gender issues in the workplace might seem difficult to navigate but the Forstater decision has created a useful blueprint.

1. Prioritising one religion over others can get employees into hot water, the same applies to gender critical beliefs.

All protected beliefs and protected characteristics have to be treated equally.
2. Employees may not believe in gender identity and should not be pressured to state their pronouns, for instance in email signatures. Pressure to do so may be offensive.
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Ben Cooper’s closing submissions in Maya’s appeal against the original Employment Tribunal Judgment (that her beliefs are not worthy of respect in a democratic society) are playing on my mind this evening.

I thought maybe they should play on your mind too...
Ben Cooper QC submitted that no one disputes that gender identity beliefs meet the Grainger criteria for section 10 of the Equality Act

(Translation: those people who believe in gender identity are protected from discrimination)
The effect of the original Employment Tribunal Judgment is that Maya must be required to subordinate her use of language to the opposing view in this important debate (about sex and gender) .
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I have been accused of “bad faith” by some of the great and the good in legal circles. Possibly the greatest and the best in fact.


Because I believe that sex matters.
The EHRC submission today in front of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the #MayaAppeal was that Maya’s belief - one which I share - is one that the Tribunal should have concluded was a protected belief.
As the EHRC set out so concisely; the belief is that;

1. Sex is a material reality not to be conflated with gender identity and

2. Sex matters
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