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Cadman v HSE - Equal Pay - legality of long service increases if long service staff are mostly male - ECJ Case C-17/05

On 18th May 2006 the ECJ Attorney General gave his (non-binding) opinion, to be followed later by a judgment from the full Court. The opinion is generally in favour of female employees in Mrs Cadman's situation and was to the effect that differences in pay based on length of service which result in females generally receiving less than males are unlawful unless applied proportionately so as to minimize any disadvantageous impact on women and are justifed by reference to the needs of the business.

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