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Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976

The Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 as amended makes it unlawful to discriminate against:
  • an individual on the grounds of his or her sex in employment, training and related matters, education, the provision of goods, facilities and services and the disposal and management of premises;

  • married persons in employment; and

  • since 1999, an individual who intends to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone gender reassignment in employment and training. For more information on gender reassignment, access the Guide published with the Regulations 1999

    Access the Guide to the Sex Discrimination Gender Reassignment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 (PDF 2.75MB)
Recent amendments to the Order
Following an earlier consultation, we amended the Order in April 2004 to make it unlawful to discriminate after the end of the relationship, for example the employment relationship. For more information see documents relating to amendments to the Sex Discrimination Order.
More information on this legislation can be found on the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland website external website