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Discrimination occurring where an apparently neutral provision, criterion or practice would put persons of one sex at a particular disadvantage compared with persons of the other sex, unless that provision, criterion or practice is objectively justified by a legitimate aim, and the means for achieving that aim are appropriate and necessary.
See also: direct discrimination
Additional notes and information
European Commission (2010). EU Gender Equality Law: Update 2010. European Network of Legal Experts in the Field of Gender Equality.