This is a (wo)man's world: reforming UK equal pay

Victoria Hooton

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This article provides a fresh look at the state of UK equal pay law and provides a comprehensive overview of the current problems women face in gaining equal pay to their male comparators and a reform proposal for the UK government in order to address the problem of the UK pay gap. The article first sets out the manifest issues evidenced by equal pay statistics. Then case law is assessed that has arisen under the Equality Act 2010, composing an evaluation in relation to a) women bringing equal pay claims in the first place and b) women succeeding in their equal pay claims. The article then provides a critical analysis of reforms previously proposed by academics (and those implemented by other states), The article closes with suggestions for the best reform route for UK legislation. The value of this article is its original contribution in providing an up-to-date analysis on the status of equal pay, with a reform proposal which would suit the values of contemporary society. Keywords: Equal Pay, Employment Law, Sex Discrimination, Equality Act 2010, Armstrong v Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Hospital Trust, Equal Pay Act 1970, ECHR.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLegal Issues Journal
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2015


  • equality
  • pay-as-you-throw
  • employment disputes


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