Equal Pay Actions
In 2012, 174 women represented by Leigh Day Solicitors won their case against Birmingham City Council for Equal Pay under the The Equality Act 2010 which gives women (and men) a right to equal pay for equal work. It replaced previous legislation, including the Equal Pay Act 1970, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, and the equality provisions of the Pensions Act 1995. The overall cost to Birmingham City Council was £757m (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-20294633). It is worth noting that these Equal Pay cases tend to be run using a contingent fee of 20%.
Since then, Leigh Day and other firms have been looking at other large employers such as supermarket groups who are also paying different rates (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37671752 & http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/asda-equal-pay-ruling-could-open-floodgates/5058344.article).
For solicitor firms with claimant employment teams (especially those who have suffered from a reduction in new cases since the increase in Employment Tribunal fees), this could be an opportunity to temporarily increase their workload before employers review and address such differences in their pay structure.
PIB have developed an ATE Insurance Policy which covers adverse costs and disbursement risk as the majority of these claims are now out of time for Employment Tribunals and can also advise on engaging with potential claimants.
For more information, please contact Steve Vickers on 07496 374783 or firstname.lastname@example.org.