City case renews call for pay parity

The Equal Opportunities Commission is calling for more pay transparency in
the City after a female analyst lost a £1m claim for sexual discrimination last
week.

Louise Barton is to appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that she
was not discriminated against by stockbroker Investec Henderson Crosthwaite.

Next year workers can ask employers to complete an equal pay questionnaire,
enabling them to compare their pay with that of a colleague at the same level.

Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, will call for the questionnaires to be made
law if transparency is not improved. "Employers will not be looked upon
favourably by an employment tribunal if they have not agreed with the process.

"This should be a big enough incentive for them," she said.

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