Employers may need to check the way they are paying staff after three low-paid male council workers won a sex discrimination tribunal.
Men working as dinner ladies, cleaners and care workers claimed that three north-east councils - South Tyneside, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool - were treating them unfairly over back pay, having agreed a claim with female workers for a higher sum.
A test case brought by 300 men has been successful and as a result it could open the door to 12,000 claims.
Those keen to ensure they are complying with equal pay legislation can pick up a DIY employment contracts pack.
The issue of equal pay has affected a range of professions, from council jobs to sport.
It is only two years since the Wimbledon tennis championships, currently under way, agreed to have equal prize money for men and women.
The move brought it into line with other major tennis tournaments.
Written by Christopher Evans
Published on: June 25, 2009