Courts can hear equal pay claims, Supreme Court rules

Firm has thousands of cases as deadline increases from six months to six years

24 Oct 2012

Equal pay claims can be heard in the courts as well as at tribunals, the Supreme Court ruled this morning.

The judgment opens the way for thousands of female former council employees to bring claims under the Equal Pay Act 1970 dating back up to six years rather than six months, the deadline for employment tribunals.

Birmingham City Council failed to persuade the Court of Appeal to strike out the claims last year by a group of 174 women who worked as cooks, cleaners and catering staff and were denied the bonuses paid to men working at a similar grade, for example as bin men.

Chris Benson, partner at Leigh Day &...

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