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Villalba v Merrill Lynch - [2006]

Stephanie Villalba, the former City banker who brought a £7.5m claim against Merrill Lynch, has lost her appeal to the EAT but has been given leave to appeal the Equal Pay Act part of the decision. The traditional view is that no justification is needed for the "genuine material factor" defence in equal pay cases if the reasons for the pay difference are not gender related.

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