This act applies to men and woman and makes it illegal to discriminate according to gender in workplaces. This also covers direct and indirect discrimination.
Direct sex discrimination - is when a person is treated less favourably than a person of the same situation
Indirect sex discrimination - occurs when far fewer members of one sex can take advantage of a situation than the other sex for example a child-minder excluded single parents from using their service.
Strengths of the Act
- The terms of both sexes are the same in a contract
- both genders can get promotions
- Cannot discriminate because of marriage
- Prevents any type of discrimination
- both sexes are padi the same
Weaknesses of the Act
- The law is complex and difficult to unravel - making people not want to complain
- People may be more scared of losing employment
- It may be difficult for people to prove anything has happened