Now that thousands of female workers at ASDA have won right to bring equal pay claim it is likely that the big retailers around the country will fear similar claims. Any difference between the pay of distribution staff and shop floor employees may prompt a claim. Moreover, workers in other areas of business will perhaps inspect their wages and seek to identify any differences with their fellow workers in other departments.
This case, however, is still at a preliminary stage and open to appeal. Equal pay claims tend to take many years to conclude which raises the question as to whether the system for dealing with equal pay needs revamping.
A landmark employment tribunal case has ruled that thousands of lower-paid female workers can proceed with their claims for equal pay against Asda in the UK’s biggest-ever private sector equal pay case. The decision by the employment tribunal in Manchester will allow more than 7,000 female staff members who work in Asda stores to compare themselves to higher-paid men who work at warehouses. If the claims are successful, female workers could collectively recover more than £100m in back pay going to 2002, as well as get pay rises in the future.