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    At my work place, there are 4 people who do the same role.

    One full timer- George, paid £20k

    3 part timers- Clare, Daisy and Natalie, paid £23k (pro rata)

    George was here before the others. George also has more experience than the others.


    Can George sue for sexual discrimination for being paid less than the 3 women doing the same job?
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    Well it depends on his hourly wage and other factors as well. I think he should not sue. That is the last option, you first go to your employer and ask for a raise without mentioning sexual discrimination. You escalate as needed.
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    (Original post by TrackerJacker)
    At my work place, there are 4 people who do the same role.

    One full timer- George, paid £20k

    3 part timers- Clare, Daisy and Natalie, paid £23k (pro rata)

    George was here before the others. George also has more experience than the others.


    Can George sue for sexual discrimination for being paid less than the 3 women doing the same job?
    He has to go through the company internal grievance procedure before he can present to the ET.
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    (Original post by Okorange)
    Well it depends on his hourly wage and other factors as well. I think he should not sue. That is the last option, you first go to your employer and ask for a raise without mentioning sexual discrimination. You escalate as needed.
    His hourly wage is lower than his female counterparts

    If he asked for a raise, he would need to present his case- he should be paid equal to the others not less
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    He has to go through the company internal grievance procedure before he can present to the ET.
    ET?
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    (Original post by TrackerJacker)
    His hourly wage is lower than his female counterparts

    If he asked for a raise, he would need to present his case- he should be paid equal to the others not less
    If his hourly wage is actually lower than he still should at first ask for a raise without mentioning sexual discrimination. Sexual discrimination is a pretty drastic accusation because you are basically saying: you are discriminating against me because of my gender. Whether the employer actually sexually discriminated intentionally against you or not, it is a pretty drastic accusation and can be pretty offensive and accusatory. Even if things are sorted out, it could be a career hinderer.
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    (Original post by Okorange)
    If his hourly wage is actually lower than he still should at first ask for a raise without mentioning sexual discrimination. Sexual discrimination is a pretty drastic accusation because you are basically saying: you are discriminating against me because of my gender. Whether the employer actually sexually discriminated intentionally against you or not, it is a pretty drastic accusation and can be pretty offensive and accusatory. Even if things are sorted out, it could be a career hinderer.
    What if they refuse to give him a raise, meaning that his hourly wage remains 15% lower than his female co workers.

    Can he take it further then?
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    (Original post by TrackerJacker)
    What if they refuse to give him a raise, meaning that his hourly wage remains 15% lower than his female co workers.

    Can he take it further then?
    Yes then you escalate. You can go up further up the chain of command or you can mention how your coworkers are paid more etc. If they refuse to give a logical explanation for the difference or a raise then you can take it further to sexual discrimination.

    Depending on the type of job and whether or not its a temporary job or a career you can also try to switch jobs, its often better not to ruffle too many feathers or burn bridges and just leave. Sometimes they just don't give people raises because they want them to leave.
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    He has to be 100% sure that it is sexual dscrimination and that he is being paid less. Also, is the job description exactly the same?
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    (Original post by OU Student)
    He has to be 100% sure that it is sexual dscrimination and that he is being paid less. Also, is the job description exactly the same?
    Yes job description is identical and the girls have told us their salaries.

    George was here a good few months before them, and he is if anything the team leader as the only full timer
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    Check his privilege tbh.
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    (Original post by TrackerJacker)
    His hourly wage is lower than his female counterparts

    If he asked for a raise, he would need to present his case- he should be paid equal to the others not less


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    Not necessarily. There could be a salary band for the role which could cover the difference in the salaries, and if that is the case they are entitled to pay within that band without it necessarily being discriminatory.

    If the three female employees had more experience prior to joining the organisation, then it isn't surprising they are being paid a higher amount. Length of service in the job doesn't have to factor into pay. They could also be paid a higher amount if they are deemed to be higher performers.

    If it is raised with management, be careful. Discussing salaries can often be against company policies and could lead to disciplinary action.


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