07 September 2009
Britain remains 'culturally sexist'
The UK remains culturally sexist, a leading spokesman on equality has said.
Recently, Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), suggested that the majority of bosses in the country still operate on the basis that their employees are male, the Times reports.
He claimed that "serious culture change and institutional reform" is required to ensure that female employees operate on an equal basis with their male counterparts.
Mr Phillips said: "What we can do if we want to is start compelling individual institutions to publish their information. We can compel [them] to give us information which would reveal what is going on inside their companies."
He added that fines are not enough of a disincentive for many organisations and "illumination" is more effective.
Promoting equality and human rights, the EHRC has the responsibility of ensuring people are not discriminated against on the basis of age, gender, race, disability, belief, sexual orientation or because they have undergone gender reassignment.