Equal Pay Solicitors
We provide expert legal advice to employers facing allegations of discrimination and unequal pay.
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Queries about equal pay and wage disputes have risen in recent years thanks to the imposition of gender pay gap transparency. If your business is currently facing such a dispute, then you need to get timely legal advice.
Equal pay claims
Under the Equality Act 2010, employees cannot be discriminated against on account of their sex. This means it is unlawful to pay two employees of the opposite sex differing wages, if they are performing the same or similar roles.
Equal pay claims are potentially very costly. If an employee makes a successful claim at an employment tribunal, he or she will be entitled to recover their arrears over the past six years. This could amount to a substantial sum. You may also face reputational damage as a company.
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If your business is facing allegations of unequal pay, our employment solicitors can help you. We will examine the situation and advise on the best way forward. There are various options available, including negotiation, mediation and defending the claim.
It will be possible to defend an equal pay claim, if there is a genuine reason for the difference in pay. For example, the decision may not have had anything to do with either employee’s sex. Rather, it may be that one employee is more qualified than the other. If you can prove that there is a material factor for your decision, then the employee’s claim must fail.
We know how to handle a wage dispute in order to minimise the consequences and achieve the best possible outcome. Early legal advice is essential.