Equal pay is a very topical, yet complicated area of law covered by the Equality Act 2010. In general terms it is designed to ensure that men and women are paid the same for doing the same or similar jobs known as ‘like work’.
The Equality Act 2010 implies a sex equality clause into every employees contract of employment. Employees who are paid less than their colleagues of the opposite sex for the same (or similar) work, may bring a claim under the Equality Act 2010. Differential pay between colleagues of the same sex are not covered by the act.
Unlike the majority of employment claims where an individual has 3 months to submit a claim, remarkably with Equal Pay claims, the individual has 6 months to bring the claim and if they were unaware of the disparity in pay, up to 6 years.