Women are effectively working for free for the rest of the year because of the gender pay gap, equality campaigners have said.
According to the Fawcett Society, it will take 60 years to close the gap at the current rate of progress.
Its report found that jobs women do are more likely to be low paid and they are less likely to receive a bonus or progress to the highest job in their organisation.
The society has called for more action from the Government and employers to tackle pay discrimination, job "segregation" and help to get women into senior posts.
13-18% is the average gender pay gap, according to equality campaigners.
Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said the scale of the disadvantages that working women face is "shameful".
"Girls and women outperform men at every stage in education, but time after time this success is not translated into rewards at work. Women are a vital part of the workforce and any proposals to tackle the gender pay gap must be strong enough to deliver the change everyone wants to see." (Compliments of ITV news)
It is possible to claim at the Employment Tribunal if you are doing work which is:
either the same or broadly similar work or;
- work that has been rated as equivalent under a job evaluation scheme; or
- work that has been rated of equal value
- as someone of the opposite sex (both men and women can claim).
If this is the case then the employer will need to prove that there is a “material factor” which explains the difference in pay but which is not down to gender. Or, if the difference in pay is gender related, then it must be a “proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”.
Simpsons Solicitors have won hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation for local government workers such as catering assistants and carers who have been underpaid for years.
You do not need to have been in your job for a set amount of time, but time limits for equal pay claims are very strict. Unlike the majority of other employment claims, a claim for equal pay must be brought to the Tribunal within 6 months minus one day of:
leaving a job or;
- a fundamental change in terms and conditions e.g. being TUPE transferred to another employer or promotion etc
This is a specialist area of law so, if you believe you may have a claim, then contact our Liverpool Solicitors today.
You do not have to remain in your job to claim but the 6 month time limit is strict so do not delay