A recent post pointed out by Lindsey (see bottom of this post) pointed out the discrimination at Urmston Leisure centre whereby her husband was banned from going swimming with her. This is in the borough of Trafford, who also have the ban on man in the Sale Leisure centre as well. As outlined in a recent post on Colchester where they have women-only saunas, this everyday story of male discrimination on the council tax never really goes away, despite the fact that it is clearly illegal.
It is in breach of the sex discrimination (now subsumed into the Equality act 2010) but as the Equalities and Human Rights commission's own guidance shows - it is illegal (here and here). Even if it was legal it is still discriminatory and immoral.
Crawley, Wandsworth ,Birmingham, Croydon , Hull, Derby, Sheffield , Watford, Epsom & Ewell, Liverpool, Plymouth, Birmingham ( a petition to have more!!), Stretford again, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Wolverhampton, Bradford, Brent, Glasgow, Reading, Middlesbrough, Rotherham, Slough, Islington, Newcastle, Leeds University, Nottingham, Waltham Forest, Camden, Cardiff, Coventry, Leicester, Brighton and Hastings (this council said they will black out the windows!!).
This was just after 8 pages on Google and thought I'd better stop else I might be there all night. Even the national swimming organisation has no problem with it and encourage women to find womne-only sessions.
What this does show is that councils seem to see it as no problem at all to hold women-only swimming sessions even though it breaks the law and discriminates against men. Men who of course pay their council tax too.
Is there no end to the discrimination against men and no end to the general acceptance that is OK.
Posted by Skimmington
Editors note - Haringey has men and women only sessions