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If I were to launch a listings site in the UK, covering trades and businesses nationwide run by or owned solely by women would I be breaking the discrimination act?  If consumers then posted jobs for these people would it change anything

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 3 years ago.

Yes, what you are proposing to do may be contrary to S. 29 of the Equality Act 2010 which provides as follows:

(1)A person (a “service-provider”) concerned with the provision of a service to the public or a section of the public (for payment or not) must not discriminate against a person requiring the service by not providing the person with the service.
(2)A service-provider (A) must not, in providing the service, discriminate against a person (B)—
(a)as to the terms on which A provides the service to B;
(b)by terminating the provision of the service to B;
(c)by subjecting B to any other detriment.

If a male trader comes to you asking to be listed on your listings website and you refuse, you would be discriminating him.

The fact that a consumer posts jobs on your website is not relevant here.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Would I legally be able to list the traders/experts as either male or female? Whilst carrying both?


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Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 3 years ago.
Yes, that is fine as long as the traders do not object to their gender being disclosed.

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