The Gender Equality Law, 2011 provides protection against discrimination in employment and related areas on the grounds of:

  • sex,
  • marital status,
  • pregnancy, or
  • any characteristic based on gender which appertains generally or is generally imputed to persons of a particular sex or marital status or pregnant state.

Under the Law, a person discriminates against another person by reducing or removing his or her right to equal opportunity or treatment in the workplace because he or she is male or female, or because of his or her marital or pregnancy status or gender characteristics. With limited exceptions, any act that directly or indirectly results in discrimination will be regarded as such whether the person responsible intended to discriminate or not.