The government needs to take its anti-discrimination laws further to stamp out sexism in the workplace, it has been claimed.
Speaking to Channel 4 News, Caroline Slocock, chief executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission, said that sex discrimination still takes place at work and that the Single Equality Bill announced yesterday does not go far enough to tackle this.
She cited statistics suggesting that part-time female workers in particular are receiving almost 40 per cent less pay than their full-time male counterparts.
The new bill, on which the government is currently consulting, aims to make equality laws easier to understand and make discrimination laws as up-to-date as possible.
"This is an opportunity missed at the moment to really modernise our laws and make them work for the 21st century," Ms Slocock commented.
Some factors that the consultation will take into account include the issue of private clubs, access to premises for disabled people and how to beat age discrimination outside of the workplace.