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University required to pay up to £750,000 following equal pay claim

12th May, 2014

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (“UWTSD”) has conceded an equal pay claim brought by eighteen men who stated that they had been sexually discriminated against because UWTSD were paying their female colleagues higher salaries.

The eighteen claimants in this case were originally employed by Swansea Metropolitan University on minimum 45 hour a week contracts. However, when Swansea Metropolitan University merged with UWTSD almost a year ago, the claimants’ contracts were standardised to 37 hours a week. Although the claimants were guaranteed the extra eight hours a week, UWTSD classed this as overtime. When the new regime was implemented, the claimants soon realised that they were on a lesser hourly rate than women on the same pay scale.

All eighteen claimants stated that at the time they had no choice other than to accept the changes to their contracts but are said to be delighted with the outcome of this case.

Although it is not yet clear what the financial settlement will be in this case, the claimants are seeking back pay plus interest. News reports suggest that there is also the potential for a further seven workmen to launch a claim in light of the success in the current case. If all 25 men are successful, it is possible the UWTSD could be required to pay as much as £750,000.

For further information and advice in relation to equal pay, please contact Helen Watson on 01244 405565 or send an email to [email protected].

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