Originally Posted by DGR
If it is a him, then you may be right - but if the client is female, then I think you may be wrong...
As I understand it, a woman can request/specify a female taxi driver, or female doctor etc. quite legally......
And I know of one company that specifies male teachers - because female teachers would be completely pointless in the Middle East (illegal) - so there are exceptions to the rule.
I'm not wrong! My original question was is there a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) for it being a woman? GOQs are a very tightly defined list of reasons within the SDA when it is acceptable to specify the gender of an employee.
Generally speaking you can request a female doctor if you are a women (although I don't know if you actually have a right to insist). You are not employing them (the NHS are) so you are would not be breaking the law anyway. However where it is due to e.g. reasons of undress then this is a GOQ. I assume that this is not an issue on a rib (it would be a little chilly).
I can't see any reason within the legal definition of GOQ's why you would be entitled to specify a female taxi driver, and a taxi firm recruiting only female drivers (e.g. in order to appeal to the female market) would almost certainly be breaking the law.
With your teaching example (presumably the person is employed in the UK but working overseas - otherwise the SDA is not really relevant) - this is also a GOQ as defined within the act.