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Retail equal pay

Equal Pay Now is powered by Leigh Day. We are currently helping store workers at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Co-op and retailer Next

Equal Pay Now is powered by Leigh Day. We are currently helping store workers at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Co-op and the clothing retailer Next who believe they are being paid less than warehouse workers.

 

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Who are we bringing claims against

We are taking a series of equal pay cases against some of the largest retailers in the country. For more information about the Equal Pay Now claims, please visit our dedicated website here www.equalpaynow.co.uk

ASDA

Leigh Day is currently bringing a claim on behalf of 44,000 Asda store workers for equal pay.

Since the claim began in 2014, more than 15,000 Asda colleagues have registered with us, and this number is growing daily. To date, we have successfully presented thousands of claims in the Employment Tribunal and this number will increase as the claim continues. We represent both GMB members, and colleagues who are not in any union.

The case is about whether colleagues in Asda stores do work of “equal value” with colleagues in the distribution centres. Asda staff based in stores claim that they are due pay equal to that of the company’s predominantly male warehouse staff, on the basis that their work is of the same value. If it is, and we can show that the reason for the difference in pay between the shops and the distribution centres is unjustified sex discrimination, then the claims will be successful. This will mean that employees in the underpaid jobs in Asda stores will be able to claim six years’ worth of back pay (five years in Scotland) to compensate for the discriminatory difference in earnings.
If you would like to find out more information about how you can join the claim, please visit our Equal Pay Now website.

The first step in this equal pay claim was to show that the store jobs could compare themselves to the jobs in the distributions centres. Although all colleagues are employed by Asda, the company argued that as they were in different locations the equal pay claim should not be able to proceed. The claimants were successful in both the employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal on this point (see coverage here and here).

Anyone (male or female) who is hourly paid and has worked at an Asda store in England in the last six years, or Scotland in the last five years, is entitled to bring a claim. To register an interest, please email us at or call our equal pay team on 0800 037 4045 (0800 689 3289 if you are a GMB member).

Please be assured that strong victimisation laws are in place to prevent any negative action being taken against you for bringing an equal pay claim. If you have any concerns about this, you can call 0845 037 4045 and speak to our team in confidence.

Sainsbury's

Leigh Day is currently bringing a claim on behalf of Sainsbury's store workers for equal pay.

Since the claim began in August 2015, we have had thousands of  Sainsbury’s colleagues register with us, with this number growing daily. To date, we have successfully presented thousands of claims in the Employment Tribunal and this number will increase as the claim continues

The case is about whether Sainsbury’s shop floors works do work of “equal value” with their colleagues in the distribution centres. Sainsbury’s store-based staff claim that they are due pay equal to that of the company’s predominantly male warehouse staff, on the basis that their work is of the same value. If it is, and we can show that the reason for the difference in pay between the shops and the distribution centres is unjustified sex discrimination, then the claims will be successful. This will mean that employees in the underpaid jobs in Sainsbury’s stores will be able to claim six years’ worth of back pay (five years in Scotland) to compensate for the discriminatory difference in earnings.

If you would like to find out more information about how you can join the claim, please visit our Equal Pay Now website.

These claims are generally brought under the Equality Act 2010. The claimants claim that they are entitled to the benefit of equality clauses, which have the effect of modifying their terms of employment so that they are no less favourable than the corresponding terms enjoyed by their male comparators. The claim not only applies to Sainsbury’s workers but store workers employed across the UK big five supermarkets. This is an important case to promote equality and challenge how large retailers pay their employees in different areas of their business.

Anyone (male or female) who is hourly paid and has worked at a Sainsbury's store in England in the last six years, or Scotland in the last five years, is entitled to bring a claim. 
 
To register an interest or if you would like to join the claim, please visit our Equal Pay Now website or contact us via sainsburys@leighday.co.uk or call our dedicated team on 0845 494 0744.

Victimisation
Please be assured that strong victimisation laws are in place to prevent any negative action being taken against you for bringing an equal pay claim. If you have any concerns about this, you can call 0845 494 0744 and speak to our team in confidence. 

Morrisons

If you have worked at a Morrisons store in England, Wales or Scotland in the last six years, and you are or were paid on an hourly basis then you could join this claim. Visit our Equal Pay Now website to join.


To find out more about other supermarket equal pay claims that we are running visit our equal pay claims page.

The claim being brought against WM Morrisons Supermarket PLC is about whether the jobs of store workers and warehouse workers are of equal value. It will be up to the court to decide whether they are comparable jobs. If successful, thousands of Morrison store workers will be granted pay that is equal to their counterparts in the distribution centres.

If you work or have worked in the last six months in a Morrisons store on an hourly rate, you may not have received equal pay compared to your colleagues who work in the distribution centre, and you may have a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Both female and male store workers can make a claim.  

If you would like to find out more information about how you can join the claim, please visit our Equal Pay Now website.


If your claim is successful you might be able to claim up to six years’ back pay.

If your employment with Morrisons ended more than six months ago, but you have worked in their store within the last six years on an hourly rate, you may be able to bring an equal pay claim against Morrisons in the civil courts in England and Wales.

Ready to talk? Speak to one of our Morrisons equal pay team about your claim. Call 020 3780 0410 or email morrisonsequalpay@leighday.co.uk.

You can find out more about the claim on our dedicated Equal Pay Now website.

You can join the Morrisons equal pay claim on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis which means that you will not have to pay our costs if you do not win your case, provided you keep to the terms of the agreement (we are happy to explain this to you).

Victimisation

There are strong victimisation laws that protect workers from being treated badly by employers (including their employees e.g. supervisors/managers) for bringing an equal pay claim.

If you have any concerns about this, you can call 020 3780 0410 and speak to our team in confidence, or email morrisonsequalpay@leighday.co.uk

Tesco

Leigh Day is currently bringing a claim on behalf of Tesco store workers for equal pay. We are doing so to promote equality and challenge how large retailers pay their employees in different areas of their business.

Equal pay claims for employees working on supermarket shop floors are about whether hourly-paid store staff carry out work that is of “equal value” to that carried out by the staff who work in the distribution centres. The staff working in the stores are mostly women and the staff working in the distribution centres are mostly men. As a law firm specialising in group claims, we intend to bring the claim to an Employment Tribunal on behalf of Tesco workers, under the Equality Act 2010.

Tesco workers believe that their jobs are of equal value to the jobs of warehouse workers, so the rates of pay for both jobs should be comparable. If it is shown that the work between store workers and their counterparts working in warehouses and distribution centres is of equal value, and we can show that the reason for the difference in pay is due to their gender and can’t be justified, then the equal pay claims will be successful. 

If you would like to find out more information about how you can join the claim, please visit our Equal Pay Now website.

Who can claim? 

Anyone:

  • Hourly paid, 
  • female or male, 
  • currently working at a Tesco store in England Wales or Scotland.

You can also bring a claim if you have left Tesco within the last 6 months. 

If you left Tesco more than 6 months ago, please contact a member of our team who will discuss how you may be affected. 

If you have worked for Tesco for more than 6 years will be entitled to the maximum amount of back pay. 

Should you wish to instruct Leigh Day to represent you in this claim, please visit our dedicated equal pay website Equal Pay Now and fill out a short form or contact us at tescoequalpay@leighday.co.uk or on 0800 689 0570.

Victimisation

Please be assured that strong victimisation laws are in place to prevent any negative action being taken against you for bringing an equal pay claim. If you have any concerns about this, you can call 0207 650 1228 and speak to our team in confidence.

Next retail

Any Sales Consultants, Stockroom Assistants or Team Leaders who are paid by the hour and currently work at a Next store in England, Scotland or Wales or left within the last 6 months can join the claim, both men and women.

Ready to talk? To find out more information about how you can join the Next claim visit our dedicated Equal Pay Now site or speak to one of our Next equal pay teams about your claim.

Call 0800 689 4548 or email nextequalpay@leighday.co.uk

Hundreds of Next shop workers are bringing a claim against the retailer after it was revealed that the mainly female (86%) store workforce, on minimum wage, have been paid substantially less per hour than Next warehouse workers. Their average salary loss is more than £6,000. 

Next argue that the higher salary of its warehouse workers is justified because the work carried out by those workers is said to be more demanding than that of those working in the stores. The shop workers are arguing that their work comes with the same physical and mental demands. 

If the shop workers win their claim, Next will need to update its salary policy to ensure it adheres to the Equality Act 2010. The Next staff in the claim will also be entitled to up to 6 years backpay.

If you would like to find out more information about how you can join the claim, please visit our Equal Pay Now website.

Ready to talk? To find out more information about how you can join the Next claim visit our dedicated Equal Pay Now site or speak to one of our Next equal pay teams about your claim.

Call 0800 689 4548 or email nextequalpay@leighday.co.uk

Only the Next shop workers who join the claim will be entitled to receive compensation from the Tribunal. Those who do join the claim could receive up to 6 years of back pay.

Leigh Day is running this claim on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis (called a ‘DBA’). Under the DBA, you will only have to pay legal fees if the claim wins.

It is unlawful for Next to sack you or discriminate against you for joining Equal Pay Now.

If you have any concerns about this, you can call 0203 7800 479 and speak to our team in confidence, or email nextequalpay@leighday.co.uk

Ready to talk? To find out more information about how you can join the Next claim visit our dedicated Equal Pay Now site or speak to one of our Next equal pay teams about your claim.

Call 0800 689 4548 or email nextequalpay@leighday.co.uk

We believe the Big Five supermarkets and other retailers have wrongly deemed the roles of warehouse workers more taxing than those working in store fronts. We are now challenging this claim.

We have already had success in two Employment Tribunals involving ASDA. Both the Employment Tribunal and Appeal Tribunal found that the roles of ASDA store workers and warehouse workers roles where comparable. ASDA now has one more chance of defending itself against the claims in the Supreme Court.

If you have worked in any Tesco, Morrisons, ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Co-op or Next store in England of Scotland within the last 6 years, you could be eligible to join the claim.

Visit our Equal Pay Now website to join the claim.

Visit our Equal Pay Now website if you are a supermarket or Next store worker

We are challenging the unjust treatment of supermarket and high street shop workers, who do long hours and arduous work, yet are paid less than their colleagues working in warehouses and distribution centres. Find out more about our challenges against ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Co-op and Next.