At present, section 4A 1 a of the Sex Discrimination Act states that a person subjects a woman to harassment if 'on the ground of her sex, he engages in unwanted conduct that' has the purpose or effect of violating her dignity, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for her. Section 6A of the Act sets out exceptions to the right to claim discrimination in relation to terms and conditions during maternity leave, and these are narrowed by regulation 5 in relation to women with an expected week of childbirth beginning on or after 5 October Pregnancy and maternity rights Further detail on the impact of the changes to terms and conditions during additional maternity, which affect women expecting babies on or after 5 October The High Court found that the Regulations did not adequately implement the revised Equal Treatment Directive, meaning that the Government was obliged to make appropriate amendments to the Act. However, they were not laid before Parliament until 14 March , and will come into force on 6 April XpertHR guidance The purported reason for the Government's delay in producing amendment Regulations Sex discrimination The XpertHR reference manual sets out the law on sex discrimination. Email to colleague Add a bookmark Your browser does not allow automatic adding of bookmarks. A new section 6 2B provides that an employer will be treated as subjecting a woman to harassment where a third party subjects her to harassment in the course of her employment and the employer has failed to take such steps as would have been reasonably practicable to prevent the third party from doing so. Regulation 2 amends the definition of discrimination on grounds of pregnancy or maternity leave to eliminate the requirement for a comparator who is not pregnant or on maternity leave. The result is that a claimant is required to show only that the alleged harassment was connected to sex, and not that it took place because of her sex. About this resource This article has been archived and is available for reference only.