24/10/2012

Birmingham Council To Face Equal Pay Compensation Claim

174 female ex-Birmingham City Council employees can go ahead with compensation claims over missed bonuses, after the council lost a court appeal.

The women, which include cooks, cleaners, caterers and care staff, won a ruling over their lower pay in November 2011.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court rejected the council's argument the claims should have been made within six months of the women leaving their jobs.

The former workers now have six years to submit their compensation claims.

Lawyers for the women called the result a "landmark" judgment and said it could have "huge implications" for potentially "thousands" of other workers.

It is thought the 174 women in the group could be entitled to about £2m in total between them.

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