Council sets aside £757m for equal pay claims

13 Nov 2012

Birmingham Council has set aside £757m to cover equal pay claims by mainly female workers who were paid less than men for comparable jobs.

The Supreme Court ruled last month in Birmingham City Council v Abdulla that 174 women, who worked for the council as cooks, cleaners and catering staff, could bring their claims in the courts rather than only at an employment tribunal.

The claims all fell outside the six month deadline imposed by the tribunal, but within the six year limitation period for bringing claims in the civil courts.

In an annual audit letter prepared by accountants Grant Thornton, the &ldquo...

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