Board diversity: can sex discrimination law help?

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    This article is about strategies that could be used to increase the number of women on the boards of large UK companies. There are two main ways in which the issue of women on boards has been tackled elsewhere: shareholder activism, for example in the US, and government imposed quotas, for example in Norway. The article investigates the possibility of using sex discrimination law to advance the position of women. It demonstrates the potential for a sex discrimination test case to be mounted in the UK. There are various problems that any such claim will face, both procedural and substantive, but it is not inconceivable that a case could be won. It is hoped that the credible threat of a sex discrimination claim can be added to pressures already being exerted to help bring about an increase in the number of women on UK boards.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)356-372
    Number of pages17
    JournalNorthern Ireland Legal Quarterly
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • Boards of directors
    • Sex discrimination


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