The concept of Equal Pay in the UK has been protected in the UK for a long time. The latest piece of legislation, the Equality Act 2010, affords the greatest protection for Equal Pay in the workplace.
The legislation requires that where employees are involved in "like work" or work that is found to be of equal value in terms of the effort or skills involved, employers must give men and women exactly the same treatment including the same rate of pay. If you are an employee and you think that you are not receiving equal pay that you are entitled to, the team at Employment Law Edinburgh may be able to help you.
Where employees believe that they are entitled to equal pay that they are not receiving, the Equality Act 2010 allows them to contact their employer and request details of how their salary is calculated. Employees can then use this information to establish whether there is a pay difference between individuals who are engaged in "like work" or work requiring the same level of skill or effort. It is important to note that, under the Equality Act 2010, employees are not entitled to have discussions in the workplace to establish if there is a difference in pay.
The legislation allows workers some time to establish whether there is a pay difference. Even where an individual has left the employment of a particular employer, they may still make a claim within 6 years of having left that position. It is important to remember however, that not all claims of Equal Pay have the same merit. If an employer is able to justify a difference in pay between men and women engaged in like work, not based on gender, then this may be enough to defeat an equal pay claim.
The team at Employment Law Edinburgh are very familiar with the terms of equality legislation, and are regularly involved in equal pay claims. If you believe that you have a claim, contact our specialist employment lawyers now to have a confidential discussion about your situation.
Contact us today on 0131 3413 265 to discuss your situation.