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Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council v Bainbridge & Ors - for equal pay purposes a lower graded job can be "rated as equivalent" if it is higher paid - Court of Appeal 21.9.07

A discrete question arising from the North East Equal pay claims by local authority workers concerned jobs "rated as equivalent". Equal Pay Act 1970 s.1(5) provides that "A woman is to be regarded as employed on work rated as equivalent with that of any men if, but only if, her job and their job have been given an equal value in terms of the demand made on a worker...". Redcar BC argued that a job could not be "equivalent" to that of a proposed comparator in a lower grade, even though it was paid more. The EAT rejected this. Redcar appealed.

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