Abendshine & Others v Sunderland City Council - Equal pay claims, statutory grievances, and named comparators [2012] EAT

For the purposes of the (now-revoked) statutory grievance procedures, it is not a valid objection to the tribunal's jurisdiction that comparators named in tribunal proceedings differ from those originally identified in the stage one grievance.

This was a further case where equal pay claims were made which specified comparators in the grievances lodged under the now-revoked statutory grievance procedures, but then different comparators were relied upon in the claims to the Employment Tribunal. For this reason the employment tribunal struck the claims out, on the grounds that it had no jurisdiction to consider them under Employment Act 2002 sec 32. It considered itself bound by the EAT decision in Dundee City Council v McDermott and ors. 

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