A landmark Supreme Court ruling means that thousands more women in the UK will be able to bring equal pay claims against their former employers. The decision by the Supreme Court allows claims from a group of ex-Birmingham City council employees to be heard in the civil courts rather than at employment tribunals, opening the way for other cases going back six years. A total of 174 low-paid female council workers including cooks, cleaners, caterers and care staff, won a ruling over their low pay in November 2011. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court rejected the council’s argument that the claims should have been made in employment tribunals within six months of the women losing their jobs.

Please speak to Richard Monkcom or Charles Avens of Druces LLP’s employment team for more information.

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