Tesco faces record equal pay claim in UK
British supermarket giant Tesco is facing the UK’s largest ever equal pay claim from women and a possible bill of up to STG4 billion ($A7.1 billion), the BBC reported.
A law firm has launched legal action on behalf of nearly 100 shop assistants who say they earn as much as £3 an hour less than male warehouse workers in similar roles. Up to 200,000 shopfloor staff could be affected by the claim, which could cost Tesco up to £20,000 per worker in back pay over at least six years, The Guardian said.
Tesco reportedly said it worked hard to ensure all staff were paid fairly and equally.
As reported by The Guardian, Paula Lee, a Leigh Day lawyer who is representing the Tesco women, said, “We believe an inherent bias has allowed store workers to be underpaid over many years.
“There might be lifting and carrying in the distribution centre but there is also lifting and carrying in shops as well as dealing with customers asking questions and handling money.”