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Equal Pay Disputes

Expert Equality Act Solicitors in Manchester and London providing expert advice on Equal Pay

Under the Equality Act 2010, men and women are entitled to be paid the same amount for equal work. This right is not just for equal pay but extends to the entire employment contract.

Even in our seemingly progressive society there are still many workplaces that pay women a lower wage due to child care or maternity leave. This right however, is not just for women, men are also entitled to bring a claim for equal pay.

How To Make A Claim For Equal Pay?

To make a successful claim for Equal Pay under the Equality Act 2010 you must be able to point to a colleague of the opposite gender who is paid more, or has more favourable benefits, than you. For this test you cannot use a hypothetical comparator.

Your comparator must:

  • Be of the opposite sex;
  • Be employed by the same or an associated employer; and
  • Be employed in a comparable position.

What Is Considered A Comparable Position?

In order to make a claim for equal pay you must provide a comparator who undertakes work that is comparable to your own. 

This includes someone who is doing:

  • ‘Like work’ – The work is of the same or broadly similar nature. This is not the work contained in the job description but refers to the work you actually undertake. Any difference between you must be relatively unimportant.
  • ‘Work rated as equivalent’ – An evaluation scheme has rated your jobs as the same just with different headings.
  • ‘Work of equal value’ – Effort, skill and demand required are the same.

What Will I Receive If I Will My Equal Pay Dispute?

If you win your case for equal pay then you will have established that discrimination on the grounds of gender has been established. This means that in your contract there must be an equality clause, ensuring equality in all aspects of your contract.

You will also start receiving equal pay to your colleague of the opposite sex that you used as a comparator. In addition to this you will be able to claim for the difference in pay for up to 6 years before you brought the action. 

How Can Monarch Solicitors Help?

Our specialist employment solicitors have decades of experience dealing with employment issues. They are well equipped to deal with a whole manner of different cases no matter how big or small. 

Our team have had great success negotiating settlement offers, taking claims to the Employment Tribunal, and many more. Every person we represent receives the same high quality of treatment and personal service.

Contact Our Employment Lawyer Today

Whatever your issue our employment solicitors are here to help.

Call us on 0330 127 8888 for an initial consultation. Or email us on [email protected] and one of our team will get back to you.

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You can make an equal pay claim under the Equality Act 2010 if there is discrimination on the grounds of:

  • Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Race
  • Religion

You will be given the same pay as someone of the opposite sex who are in a comparable job and your employment contract will be revised so that each term, which is deemed to be less favourable, will be revised so that it is fair and equal. Also, depending on the nature and circumstances of your claim, you may also have a legal right to claim for the difference in earnings lost for up to six years.

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