Blackburn & Anor v West Midlands Police - the Equal Pay Act does not require payments to women to compensate for the economic disadvantages of child-care - [2008] EWCA Civ 1208, Court of Appeal 6.11.08

Police officers are required to work a "24/7" shift pattern but, because they had child-care responsibilities, these female officers were exempted. Consequently they did not receive "priority payments" paid to officers working the 24/7 shift.

PC Blackburn and her colleagues brought an equal pay claim, arguing that they did like work to a male officer (who worked 24/7 shifts) and so should receive the priority payments.

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