Gender Reassignment

Definition

A person has the protected characteristic of gender reassignment if the person is proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of reassigning the person’s sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex.

Legislation

Great Britain

Under the Equality Act 2010, Trans people cannot be directly or indirectly discriminated against, nor can they be harassed.

Northern Ireland

Gender Reassignment is not one of the protected characteristics covered under Section 75 of the NI Act. However according to the Equality Commission, Sex discrimination law protects you from direct discrimination, harassment and victimisation if you are planning to undergo, are undergoing or have undergone gender reassignment. The Gender Reassignment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 amends the SDO to make it unlawful to discriminate on grounds of gender reassignment (sex change) in employment and training.

The Gender Recognition Act (2004) provides transsexual people with legal recognition in their acquired gender, subject to some specified exceptions.