" Equal Pay claims have been a horrible fact of life for the public sector for many years. Local councils and the NHS were especially targeted due to their cultures and the public sector as a whole have all struggled to come to terms with the volume of claims (and the vast sums of compensation awarded against them.)
As Equal Pay claims rattled slowly through the courts, and many were settled, there was a suggestion that private companies would be the next ones to be hit. While some solicitors who specialised in this area folded, others saw the merit in going to the larger corporations to fill the gap in work caused by the settlement of large scale public sector actions. It seems that those days have now arrived for ASDA as it becomes one of the first to be hit by huge class actions…. "
Thousands of women who work in Asda stores have won the right to lodge the UK’s largest private sector equal pay claim. An employment tribunal ruled that the women, who work in roles across the shopfloor, can compare their jobs with those done for a higher wage in Asda’s warehouses, predominantly by men. If the women win, the retailer could be forced to adjust the pay of many of its 130,000 shopfloor staff, and make back payments to those involved in the case going back to 2002, at an estimated cost of up to £100m.