Discrimination Solicitors

Sex and Gender Discrimination Claims

Being discriminated against because of your sex or gender is not only unlawful. It can also leave you feeling angry, embarrassed, and upset.

If you have been the victim of discrimination because of your sex or gender, we can get justice.

Have You Been Discriminated Against?

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What is Sex Discrimination?

Sex discrimination is when a person, business, or organisation treats unfairly because you are a man or woman.

Discrimination could be;

  • A single direct act, or
  • A policy or rule that that results in unfair treatment

It could happen in universities, shops, housing and by public authorities.

Regardless of whether it is intentional or not, sex discrimination is unlawful.

Types of Sex Discrimination

There are four types of sex discrimination;

Direct Discrimination

Is when someone treats you worse because of your sex or gender.

An example might be a nightclub letting in women in but refusing men entry.

Indirect Discrimination 

This when a rule or policy that should apply to everyone but treats either men or women unfairly.

For example, mortgage lender only approving mortgages for people who work full time. This could put women at a disadvantage who often work part time while they raise their children.


Is unwanted behaviour that offends, humiliates, or intimidates a member of the opposite sex.

An example is a woman who joins a boxing club and gets inappropriate comments.


Is when a person gets treated unfairly because they complained about discrimination.

For example, the woman in the boxing club getting excluded from classes after making a complaint.

Who Can I Make a Claim For Sex Discrimination Against?

You can claim against any person, company or organisation that provides a service to the public. This includes, but is not limited to;

  • Shops
  • Travel agents and holiday companies
  • Public and private hire transport companies
  • Supermarkets
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Gyms and spa’s
  • Leisure centres
  • Local councils and public bodies
  • Private clubs
  • Central government

How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim?

You only have six months, less one day from the date your discrimination took place in which to make a claim.

This limitation period is very short so if you want to make a claim, you should get in touch as soon as possible.

How to Bring a Sex Discrimination Claim

If you think you have suffered discrimination because of your sex, you might be eligible to make a claim.

If you are considering a claim, get in touch and we will take some details about your experience. We will also ask if you have any evidence to support your claim. This could include;

  • Written documents – these could be letters, emails, and text messages.
  • Voice or video recordings – these include voicemails, answerphone recordings and/or video recordings
  • Statements from witnesses – if anyone saw your discrimination take place, we could use their statements
  • Your own, personal statement – If your discrimination happened in a conversation or in a way you cannot record, we may be able to use your own statement.

Once we have all this information, we can let you know if there is a claim we can pursue. If you have a claim, we will explain the process and talk you through the next steps.

Have You Been Descriminated Against?

If so, we can help you make positive change and maybe claim compensation.0333 3580 393

Why Choose Ringrose Law?

Our discrimination team have represented individuals and acted in cases that affected thousands of people.

We have made claimed against private companies and well as public bodies like councils and even central government.

This gives us a unique perspective and we see how discrimination affects people. It can leave you feeling upset, embarrassed, and angry. We have also seen it have huge effects on mental health.

If you have suffered discrimination because of your sex or gender, we are on your side. We can help bring justice and create lasting change so that others do not experience what you have. In some cases, we can even claim compensation.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    On average, it takes 6-12 months to settle for claims to reach a conclusion. However, this varies case by case.

    In cases with lots of supporting evidence, or where the other side accepts liability, could settle quickly.

    Complex cases that involve a campaign of discrimination, or where the other side refuses to admit fault can take as long as three years.

    You may be able to claim compensation although this depends on a case-by-case basis.

    If we do claim compensation, it will be on the grounds of;

    • Injury to feelings – this is the emotional distress you have suffered
    • Personal injury – this includes physical and psychological trauma you have suffered

    It is rare that a claim goes to court.

    In the almost all cases, we can reach a settlement through negotiation. If we are not able to reach a settlement, we could take your case to court. However, this is a last resort.

    If we do take your claim to court, we will make sure you are fully prepared and be right by your side. You will not face it alone.

    There are a few ways to fund a discrimination claim;

    • Through existing insurance policies – An existing home or car insurance policy might have legal cover included. Some insurance companies include it as standard, other charged an extra fee.
    • No win no fee – You could also pursue a claim using a no win, no fee agreement. This does not cost anything to start, and you will not have to pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful. You will only have to pay when your claim is successful.
    • Private finds – if the first two choices are not an option, you could choose to pay to pursue the claim yourself.
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