‘Dinner ladies’ case adds spice to equality debate

Twice in the section headed ‘facts’ your legal expert in Case of the Week (Personnel Today, 8 May) refers to the employees involved in St Helen’s Borough Council v Derbyshire and others as ‘dinner ladies’.

As this is a report on a sex discrimination case, should we be amused by the irony, or outraged at the insensitivity?

Baroness Hale, at paragraph 30 of the judgment – and referring to injustice in the labour market – says that women workers “have been segregated into ‘women’s work’, which is paid less than men’s simply because it is women’s work”.

Your learned contributor seems to be helping to preserve this with respect to school catering work.

Tim Knights, MCIPD

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