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Could Tesco have avoided its £4 billion (U.S.$5.6B) unequal pay case

Paul Hodgson | February 19, 2018

It all started in 2006, when claims by Birmingham City Council workers for equal pay were first filed. Home carers and school dinnerladies claimed they were doing equal work with binmen and road cleaners, but were on lower rates of pay. Carers and dinnerladies, of course, are generally female workers, while binmen and road cleaners were largely male employees. That case took six years to settle, with compensation eventually being paid in 2012. Then, in 2014, the same law firm that represented the council workers, Leigh Day, announced that it was taking legal action against supermarket ASDA. That case now involves almost 20,000 “underpaid” employees. Leigh Day then launched an action against Sainsbury in August 2015, a case which now involves around 1,000 workers. Now it has launched proceedings in the first equal pay claims against Tesco in “what is potentially the largest ever equal pay challenge in U.K. history, which could cost the supermarket giant £4bn [U.S.$5.6bn] to...

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