Unisex Legislation

Definition of 'Unisex Legislation'


A statutory law that prohibits insurance companies from taking into consideration gender when developing insurance classifications, rates or types of coverage for certain types of insurance. When unisex legislation applies, all people, regardless of gender, must be give the same rates and types of coverage. Not all types of insurance fall under unisex legislation. For example, most men pay higher rates than women for identical automobile insurance coverage.

Investopedia explains 'Unisex Legislation'


In 1978, the United States Supreme Court first prohibited gender-based divisions in insurance in City of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power v. Manhart. In 1983, the courts again prohibited gender-based insurance distinctions in Arizona Governing Committee for Tax Deferred Annuity and Deferred Compensation Plans v. Norris. Insurance companies have resisted any legislation that would restrict their ability to use gender-based distinctions in developing insurance classifications, rates and coverages.


Filed Under:

comments powered by Disqus
Hot Definitions
  1. Oil Reserves

    An estimate of the amount of crude oil located in a particular economic region. Oil reserves must have the potential of being extracted under current technological constraints. For example, if oil pools are located at unattainable depths, they would not be considered part of the nation's reserves.
  2. Joint Venture - JV

    A business arrangement in which two or more parties agree to pool their resources for the purpose of accomplishing a specific task. This task can be a new project or any other business activity. In a joint venture (JV), each of the participants is responsible for profits, losses and costs associated with it.
  3. Aggregate Risk

    The exposure of a bank, financial institution, or any type of major investor to foreign exchange contracts - both spot and forward - from a single counterparty or client. Aggregate risk in forex may also be defined as the total exposure of an entity to changes or fluctuations in currency rates.
  4. Organic Growth

    The growth rate that a company can achieve by increasing output and enhancing sales. This excludes any profits or growth acquired from takeovers, acquisitions or mergers. Takeovers, acquisitions and mergers do not bring about profits generated within the company, and are therefore not considered organic.
  5. Family Limited Partnership - FLP

    A type of partnership designed to centralize family business or investment accounts. FLPs pool together a family's assets into one single family-owned business partnership that family members own shares of. FLPs are frequently used as an estate tax minimization strategy, as shares in the FLP can be transferred between generations, at lower taxation rates than would be applied to the partnership's holdings.
  6. Yield Burning

    The illegal practice of underwriters marking up the prices on bonds for the purpose of reducing the yield on the bond. This practice, referred to as "burning the yield," is done after the bond is placed in escrow for an investor who is awaiting repayment.
Trading Center