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Gender reassignment discrimination

Overview

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination, harassment and victimisation relating to the protected characteristic of ‘gender reassignment’.

Gender reassignment covers a person who:

  • is proposing to undergo
  • is undergoing
  • or has undergone

a process, or part of the process, to reassign their sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex.

Under the legislation, these individuals are referred to as a “transsexual person”.

There have been calls from Parliamentary Select Committees and Acas for the gender reassignment protected characteristic to be reformed, including amending the use of the term "transsexual". Currently, the government has not announced any intention to reform the legislation.

Use our 'How to' guide on supporting gender reassignment in the workplace for key tips on making your organisation more inclusive.