Equal pay

Equal pay laws are contained in the Equality Act 2010. Women have the right to be paid the same as a male comparator where they do like work, work rated as equivalent, or work of equal value.

For an employer to defend an equal pay claim, it must demonstrate that any differential in pay is due to a “material factor”, and that the factor is not due to a difference in sex. Examples of material factor defences include length of service, skills and qualifications, performance and levels of responsibility.

Pay secrecy clauses in an employee’s contract of employment are unenforceable where the employee is involved in a relevant pay discussion.


Equal pay: Co-op joins Asda in shop-vs-depot tribunal battles

More than 100 Co-op shop floor workers are seeking up to six years of back pay in the latest equal...

BBC presenter Sarah Montague wins £400k equal pay settlement

20 Jan 2020

Radio presenter Sarah Montague has won a £400,000 equal pay settlement after the BBC admitted it had underpaid her for...

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BBC issues more than £3m in payouts to avoid further claims, reports say

13 Jan 2020

The BBC has paid out more than £3m to a number of employees in a move it hopes will avoid...

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BBC loses equal pay case with Samira Ahmed

10 Jan 2020

Journalist Samira Ahmed has won her equal pay claim against the BBC, having proved that the work she did was...

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Let’s tackle racism in the workplace at source

16 Dec 2019

Explicit racism is now significantly less common than it was once, but it's far from a thing of the past having evolved to survive in more subtle forms.

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Eight in 10 want right to know male colleagues’ salaries

14 Nov 2019

Women should have the right to know if they’re being paid less than their male colleagues, according to research by...

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Women demand new Equal Pay Act to enforce transparency

11 Nov 2019

Equal pay campaign to demand new legislation, backed by leading women from all sectors, kicks off this Thursday.

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Boots to face equal pay legal challenge

7 Nov 2019

Thousands of Boots in-store employees in England, Scotland and Wales could be eligible to join an equal pay claim against the high street giant.

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BBC presenter Samira Ahmed takes equal pay case to tribunal

28 Oct 2019

BBC journalist Samira Ahmed is taking an equal pay case against the broadcaster to an employment tribunal, claiming she was...

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#MeToo at two: how far have we come?

15 Oct 2019

The #MeToo movement is two years old this week and has been influential in altering behaviour, bolstering equality and respect...

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Former TalkTalk exec to crowdfund tribunal bid

14 Oct 2019

A former TalkTalk executive has launched a crowdfunding campaign to take the company to tribunal for unfair dismissal and equal...

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BBC ‘destroyed career’ of woman paid less than 15 male peers

24 Sep 2019

The BBC has settled an unequal pay claim for more than £130,000 after a former employee complained that 15 male...

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City banker wins sexism case for unequal pay and victimisation

12 Sep 2019

A financial product manager for the French bank BNP Paribas has won her case for direct sex discrimination, victimisation and...

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Lawyers seek equal pay law clarification in Tesco case

28 Aug 2019

The law firm bringing an equal pay claim on behalf of Tesco staff is seeking clarification on equal pay legislation...

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13% fall in CEO pay in 2018 revealed

21 Aug 2019

Median pay for chief executive fell by 13% between 2017 and 2018, according to an annual assessment of FTSE 100 pay packages released today.

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