Big Five Equal Pay Claims - Update
- Date: Tuesday 18th June 2019
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You may recall the news: Sainsbury’s accused of paying women less than men!
Back in 2015, shop workers at Sainsbury’s united and filed a claim against the retail giant. It had transpired that Sainsbury’s paid significantly higher wages at their central distribution warehouses (predominantly male employees) in comparison to their shop staff (predominantly female). Shop workers argued that the roles are comparable, and that Sainsbury’s had not done enough to ensure equal pay across the board.
As a result, others followed. And currently, law firm Leigh Day represents more than 35,000 floor staff in claims against Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco, Morrison’s and the Co-op Group. If successful, more may follow, amounting to an estimated total cost of £8bn!
Sainsbury’s have been trying to quash accusations and attempted to prove that the differences in pay were justified and not discriminatory. This failed, and hearings are currently commencing.
The retailer attempted to have the case dismissed on a technicality. Again, courts have ruled that the claims are valid, and proceedings shall continue.
The anxiously awaited ruling in the Sainsbury’s case will determine the fate of up to 500,000 retail workers across the UK. We will keep you updated as the case continues to unfold.
Source: Manuela Grossmann