If you believe you may have an equal pay claim, you should get advice as soon as possible.
You may have an equal pay claim if:
- You receive a lower rate of pay than a male colleague doing the same or a broadly similar job (i.e. ‘like work’) or you do not receive a bonus that a male colleague doing the same or a broadly similar job receives. AND/OR
- Your employer has carried out a job evaluation scheme and your job has been given the same rating or grading as a man in a completely different job and you have been receiving lower pay or bonuses than the man (i.e., “work rated is equivalent”); AND/OR
- Your job requires a similar level of skills, knowledge and experience as a male colleague even if he does a completely different job; and you have been receiving lower pay, bonuses or other less favourable terms.
Please note that:
- You can only compare yourself with someone who works for the same employer;
- You can only compare yourself with a person of the opposite sex; and
- You may still have an equal pay claim if your salary is the same but other terms of your contract are less favourable than your comparator’s for example they receive bonuses, sick pay and overtime which you do not; and
- You do not have to have the same job as your comparator in order to have an equal pay claim. Your job simply has to be at the same level or grade for example, and require the same skills.
If you believe you may have an equal pay claim, you should get advice as soon as possible. Whilst ordinarily there is no time limit on making an equal pay claim if you are still employed by the same employer in the job you believe is underpaid, there is a 6 month time limit on bringing a claim if:-
- You have a new job or signed a new contract with the same employer when time starts to run from the last day of the old job or contract;
- You have left the employer who you believe has under paid you then the time limit will start to run from the date you were last paid.
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