Asda staff bring employment tribunal equal pay claims

2014-04-22 Jennifer Renney-Butland posted:

414 female Asda employees have brought claims against the giant supermarket for equal pay in the Manchester Employment Tribunal. The women claim that their jobs are of equal value to their male counterparts who work in the distribution centres. If successful, the case could have huge implications for many other UK supermarkets.

The case is likely to be heard within the next two months, and if successful, the employees could be awarded several years' back pay for the difference in earnings. This may then leave other supermarkets who own their distribution centres open to similar claims.

This case comes in light of the recent equal pay claims against Birmingham City Council, which settled over 11,000 cases in October 2013, and has been forced to sell the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) which is up for sale for £300 million.

Equal pay claims have been on the increase since 2012, when the Supreme Court extended the time limit for the issue of claims from 6 months to 6 years from the date of leaving employment.

If you have any queries about equal pay in the workplace, contact us on 01225 632240 or at info@renneyandco.com for an assessment or quote.

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