Equal pay

If you think you are not receiving equal pay at work, your might have a discrimination claim against your employer. Our employment solicitors will tell you if you have a claim.

Katherine Jameson, Bishop's Stortford
Katherine Jameson, employment law specialist in Bishop's Stortford Settlement agreement solicitor

Equal pay advice for employees

The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1970 and it made it illegal to treat men and women differently based on their gender.

Broadly speaking, male and female employees must be treated equally or equivalently for equal work.

What are my options if I think my employer is paying me unfairly?

If you think you are being underpaid or treated unfairly in comparison to others, and you think this is simply because of your gender, talk to Tees. Our specialist employment law team will tell you if you have a case for discrimination, and help you assert your rights at work. If you feel you are being unfairly treated differently for a reason other than your gender, you may still have a claim under other legislation. Our expeerts can advise you on your rights and options that might be available to you. 

If you feel unfairly treated at work, you have options. These include:

  • Raise a grievance with your employer informally: if you think you are not being treated equally, compared to your colleagues, you can try to resolve it informally with your employer by asking them to explain the situation. There might be a reason for the difference - for example, if one employee has more experience or professional qualifications this could result in a higher annual salary.
  • Make a formal complaint against your employer: if you can't reach a satisfactory answer informally, you have the option to go through your employer's formal grievance procedure. If this fails, you can make a complaint to the employment tribunal. There is a time limit on claims for equal pay - you need to make your complaint whilst still working at the job to which the claim relates, or within 6 months of leaving that employment. 
  • Starting your discrimination claim: our specialist employment law solicitors will guide you through every step of the process. We can help you talk to your employer about equal pay, and if needed we can represent you at an employment tribunal.

How we can help

We know that you might feel nervous about talking to a solicitor, especially about your employer.  

As you’d expect, our specialist employment team are experts in all aspects of employment law. However, they’re also approachable and easy to talk to. So, we can advise you what action you can take to ensure that you’re treated fairly. If you want us to, we can talk to your employer for you and we can take legal action on your behalf if that doesn’t work. 

Straightforward and practical

We’ll listen carefully to what’s happened to you and get a full understanding of your situation. Then, using our knowledge of the law, we’ll explain where you stand and what your options are. We’ve got lots of experience of dealing with cases of inequality at work. We’ll give you straightforward and realistic advice about practical steps you can take. We will discuss everything with you in plain language – no jargon – so you’ll always be fully informed of your options and legal rights.

Tailored support

When you work with Tees, you’ll be at the centre of everything we do. We’ll never take any action without talking to you first and our aim throughout will always to be to get the best outcome for you. We’ll work efficiently and quickly and we’ll keep you fully informed of our progress, using email, phone calls and letters, so you’ll only need to come into our office to see us if you want to. 

Let’s talk!

At Tees, we’re committed to making inequality at work a thing of the past. So, if you think you’re being treated unfairly because of your gender, give us a call for a free and confidential conversation about how we can help make sure you get fair treatment.

Call our Employment Law solicitors on 0800 0131165

For an initial chat, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch.

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