Sexual Discrimination should be long gone from business, but let’s consider a major and rather unfair problem facing a newly married woman..
That is to say, changing your surname.
Just under 2 months ago we got married, so Sharon has spent much of her time since we got back from honeymoon jumping through all the hoops necessary to become known as ‘Mrs’ by everyone, like her employer, bank, various retailers – the list is seemingly endless.
Last night we were in Costco for a few ‘essentials’ – coffee is essential, right? We stopped at the customer service desk to get her name updated – sure, just please bring in your Marriage certificate – like you take that shopping with you all the time…
Want to open an account? You’ll need a wage slip and a utility bill to ‘prove’ your name and address.
Want to update your address? Bring in a utility bill.
OK, so far, so good. Seems broadly sensible, after all, this is just ‘membership’ of a retailer.
Got married and want to update your name? You need your MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE – but why?? I don’t need my birth certificate to prove my name – but my wife needs our marriage certificate to prove hers!
- The ONLY time that Costco demand a certificate from the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages is for women who got married.
Why do I think that’s sexual discrimination? Because when you are treated differently because of your sex in one of the situations that are covered by the Equality Act – and that includes “When you use businesses and other organisations that provide services and goods (like shops, restaurants, and cinemas)” – then that’s Sexual Discrimination.
To be clear, under no circumstance does Costco ever require any higher form of identification than a wage slip or a utility bill UNLESS YOU ARE A WOMAN.
I say that’s SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION!
What’s worse is, there’s simply no need!
If you believe that you need that level of identification/proof for a woman before you’ll believe she’s married and has changed her name, then you MUST demand the SAME level of identification/proof of ANYONE seeking to gain or amend membership details.
And why not accept other verified forms of identification – to update their passport, a newly married lady must send off their marriage certificate – same for updating their driving licence with the DVLA – So, knowing that, why aren’t they acceptable as proof? Do they think their identification policy is MORE rigorous than the UK Passport Agency??
Of course – it’s only OK to ask for that of married women if you ALSO ask ALL customers for their passport/driving licence to apply or amend membership.
As a bloke, I’ll never face this. But my wife does. So that, frankly pisses me off – the fact that a well known UK retailer is STILL pursuing a policy like this beggars belief!