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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:S3a-7071

Because the overwhelming majority of workers in part time jobs are women, there may be grounds for pursuing a range of statutory rights under sex discrimination laws. The Sex Discrimination Act makes it illegal to discriminate on recruitment, dismissal, promotion, transfer and training, the provision of benefits, facilities or services, or by subjecting the employee to “any other detriment.” An article in IDS Brief: employment law and practice (Dec 1996; 578 :7-11) argues that indirect discrimination may be occurring where conditions on such matters differ for full time and part time workers. It is a defence to show that the requirement to work full time is justifiable on grounds other than sex.

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