Even though it has been the law since the Equal Pay Act 1970 required men and women have equal pay provisions, there are still tens of thousands of Equal Pay Claims made each year.
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If you wish to bring a claim under the equal pay provisions you must be able to compare yourself to a colleague of the opposite sex whose terms and conditions are different to your own. Both men and women can bring claims for equal pay.
A comparator must be someone who is either doing:
You cannot be stopped from discussing with your colleagues or union the differences in pay. The law also prevents the use of "gagging clauses" in your contract. However, your employer can stipulate that you keep pay rates confidential from certain groups outside the workplace - like competitors. If your employer takes action against you for disclosing or receiving information, you may be able to claim victimisation. If you believe you are not receiving equal pay, you can write to their employer asking for information to establish whether or not there really is a difference in pay and, if so, what the reasons for it are.
An employee who believes they are not receiving equal pay can write to their employer asking for information to establish whether or not there is a difference in pay and, if so, what the reasons are for it.
If you think you are being paid less than a colleague because of your sex, you can enforce your rights at work or bring a claim for equal pay in a Tribunal. You can do this whilst still at work or after you have left - but you do need to act promptly. You will usually have just six months from the date of the last underpayment to start claim proceedings for the underpayment.
Employment law has strict time limits. In most cases you will have six months from the end of your employment or from the last day you were underpaid to start a claim in an Employment Tribunal or six years for a claim in a County Court.
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It is important you get in contact with us as soon as possible so we can help before it is too late. Good cases can be lost before they even start through hesitation or delay.
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