Over the last few years multi-claimant equal pay claims have become more relevant. Asda recently lost a mass equal pay claims where predominantly female store staff were paid less than their predominately male counterparts.
Sainsbury’s and Tesco also face similar claims, with the Tesco claim being worth up to £4bn. Moving away from supermarkets – but staying in the retail sector – clothing outfit Next are the latest company to face such a claim.
Predominantly female store staff calculate they are paid 24% (or £2 per hour) less than their predominantly male colleagues in the distribution warehouses. Up to 5,000 staff could be eligible to claim which would make the claim worth £30m. As with all these claims the basis lies around store staff doing equal work – managing stock – to their warehouse counterparts. In Asda, the courts believed the work was similar.