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Equal Pay Solicitors

Susie Al-Qassab
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Natalie Wellock
Ellen Clabburn
Ellen Clabburn
Alexandra Pekanac
Alexandra Pecanac

Employers must treat men and women equally in the terms and conditions of their employment. There is still, however a gap in pay between men and women in many industry sectors.

Our highly experienced solicitors will help you to show your employer how you’re not being paid equally to your comparator, and negotiate an increase to your pay, in doing so, trying to bring about change of culture within your organisation.

If necessary, Hodge Jones & Allen can represent you in a claim against your employer seeking compensation and a recommendation from an Employment Tribunal.

Equal Pay Act 1970

The Act also specifies that women have the right to the same pay as men, where they’re doing:

  • Like work’ – this means work that is the same or broadly similar
  • Work rated as equivalent’ – this refers to work rated as equivalent under a job evaluation scheme
  • Work of equal value’ – this covers work which is different but of an equal value in terms of effort, responsibility, decision making and the skill involved

Our employment specialists can assist you with drafting a grievance to your employer, setting out your complaint of pay inequality; serving an Equal Pay Questionnaire on your employer; representing you during an equal pay claim.

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Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen?

Our solicitors have decades of experience advising and representing employees whom their employer is not complying with the Equal Pay Act. If you’re concerned that you’re not being paid fairly due to your gender then contact us today.

Compassionate lawyers

We understand that it can be a complex and sensitive issue. Our lawyers will work hard to make the process of the claim as easy as possible.

Experts in the field

Our solicitors are highly regarded as experts. We have a breadth of experience in dealing with pay and bonus disputes and will keep you up to date with the outcome of your claim.

Fighting for what’s right

Our solicitors empower employees to make claims against employers who aren’t complying with the law. They’ll support and guide you through the process, putting you at the heart of the claim.

"Great team, approachable, knowledgeable and pragmatic." Legal 500, 2021

Legal representation

You will be allocated to the most appropriate member of our team. You will be provided with a cost estimate so that you know how much our fees are likely to be.

Funding options

We can offer fixed fee meetings to discuss your current circumstances. In open-ended situations we offer competitive hourly rates. We’ll ensure you’re provided with clear information on costs throughout.

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Featured case

Settlement achievement for client after receiving lower bonus

We acted for a client who worked for a merchant bank, she discovered she had been receiving lower bonuses compared to her male colleagues. We drafted a grievance on her behalf and served her employer with an Equal Pay Questionnaire. Following lengthy negotiations with her employer, we achieved a very favourable settlement on behalf of our client.

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Frequently asked questions

Are there time limits for bringing an equal pay claim?

Yes, time limits for such claims exist and are strict. You can bring an equal pay claim in the civil courts or in the Employment Tribunal. The time limits differ depending on where your claim is issued.

Also, unlike in other claims, an Employment Tribunal doesn’t have discretion to extend time if your claim is filed late.

You should seek early advice, so that our lawyers can help you to determine which jurisdiction is best for you.

Does equal pay relate only to wages?

No, it also relates to contractual terms, such as bonuses and benefits etc.

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