Pay Discrimination is a direct violation of the Equal Rights Act 2010 and is therefore, illegal. Equal Pay Discrimination is when an individual is discriminated against because of a protected characteristic such as gender. If employers can prove that there is a genuine reason other than the protected characteristic which offers a valid reason for the difference in pay, then this will not be considered Pay Discrimination.
Equal pay includes more than basic salary but also the following:
- Annual Leave Entitlements;
- Access to Pension Schemes;
- Overtime rates;
- Performance related benefits;
- Hours of work; and
- Non-monetary terms.
There are a few steps employees can take in order to help their claim. Employees can ask for `Key Information’ from their employers in order to prove they are not being paid as much as they deserve. Although employers are not bound to provide this information, their refusal can be used as evidence against them in Court or in the Tribunal Trial. It is important to first speak to your employer and express how you feel about the situation and perhaps work out if there has been a misunderstanding. If this does not resolve the situation then the next step is to write a formal grievance letter to the employer. If both options are exhausted without a satisfactory outcome then a claim should be made in either the Courts or the Tribunal which we can assist with.
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