Supreme Court ruling on equal pay paves way for more claims

Michael Bow
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A LANDMARK legal ruling on equal pay claims handed down by the Supreme Court yesterday could open the door for female workers in the City to make compensation claims against former employers.

The Court, the most senior in the land, yesterday ruled scores of women previously employed by Birmingham City Council could seek compensation through civil courts rather than employment tribunals. It also extended the period in which to make a claim from six months after leaving a job to six years. City lawyers said the ruling would have implications for employment rights in the Square Mile.

“This is a significant development in current equal pay laws,” CMS Cameron McKenna partner Sarah Ozanne said. PwC’s Vanessa Morgan added: “This ruling heightens employers’ exposure to the legal risk of equal pay claims being brought.”