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Equality Act 2010 & Discrimination / equal pay and terms: key card

Key Points

  • An implied sex equality clause relating to pay is in worker contracts.
  • Occupational pension schemes also have implied sex equality rules.
  • If a claimant cannot rely on those terms a sex discrimination ground may be available to them.
  • Whilst on maternity leave access to pay and benefits increases is protected.
  • Equal pay audits can be ordered when a respondent loses a case to ensure that future practice changes.
  • Gender pay gap reporting shows the differences in the average pay between men and women expressed as a percentage.
  • Brexit effect - Unless otherwise stated, the position in relation to EU legislation and decisions as set out in this card is as it was understood at the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020. For information on the status of EU decisions and legislation as of 31st December 2020 please see Statement on impact of Brexit on Emplaw Online content

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