Sex discrimination is against the law in NSW. This includes the following:
It is mostly women who experience sex discrimination, however sex discrimination against men does happen sometimes and it is also against the law.
Differing dress standards for men and women may be sex discrimination - for example, it could be against the law if women are allowed to wear earrings in a workplace but men are not, if the earrings do not affect their work in any way.
Dress rules do not have to be exactly the same in terms of individual garments, as dress norms are different for men and women. However, they should be of a similar standard - for example, if men are required to wear 'neat casual clothes' then women should be also.
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Indirect sex discrimination is also against the law. This occurs when there is a rule or requirement that disadvantages people of one sex more than people of the other sex - unless it can be shown that the rule or requirement is 'reasonable in all the circumstances'.
For example, it might be indirect sex discrimination to have a requirement that you must be 180 cm tall to do a particular job, if the work could be arranged so this was not necessary. This is because on average men are taller than women and so more men would be able to meet the height requirement than women.
Sex discrimination is against the law in the following situations: