The Equal Pay Act, 1970 prohibits discrimination between the sexes in the terms of their contracts of employment.
Typically, this is all about matters such as salary, contractual bonus payments and benefits.
The Act says that women can claim equal pay with colleagues of the opposite sex where they are in same employment and doing:
- Work which is the same or broadly similar
- Work rated as equivalent under any analytical job evaluation scheme
- Work which is different but is of equal value in terms of the demands of the job
These issues can be complicated and you should take prompt legal advice if you think you may have a claim.
Do you have Legal Expenses Insurance?
A recent survey estimates that almost 17 million adults in the UK have Legal Expenses Insurance – many of whom are unaware that they have it. This is because it is often included free or added into your:
- Car insurance
- House contents insurance
- Buildings insurance
- Travel insurance
- Pet insurance
- Other insurance type policies
Sometimes it is added irrespective of whether the policy is held in your name, or that of your partner or a family member. Check to see if you have Legal Expenses Insurance.
Insurers may seek to refer your case to their own panel of Solicitors; however in most cases you have a legal right to choose the Solicitors you prefer. If you require assistance on this we are happy to help.