UK Supermarket chain Morrisons faces equal pay claims worth 1 billion pounds
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Sept 11 (Reuters) - Supermarket chain Morrisons is
facing equal pay claims worth over 1 billion pounds ($1.30
billion), law firm Leigh Day said on Tuesday, seeking
compensation for women who believe they were paid less than men
in distribution centres.
Leigh Day said http://bit.ly/2MluQiJ in a statement that
Morrisons had around 80,000 store staff eligible to claim, which
could result in a bill for back pay of over 1 billion pounds if
the retailer's action are found unlawful.
The law firm, which is already working on claims on behalf
of 30,000 workers at Walmart Inc's UK supermarket arm,
Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco Plc, said in
February that Tesco was facing a potential bill of up to 4
billion pounds in an equal pay claim involving women working at
its British stores.
"We believe that Morrisons, as with the other major
supermarkets, has underpaid those working in its stores for a
number of years," Emma Satyamurti, a partner in Leigh Day, said
in the statement. "The big four supermarkets in the UK make vast
amounts each year in profits – it is time that they faced up to
their legal obligations under Equal Pay legislation."
Morrisons was asked by the law firm if it carried out an
equal pay audit, Leigh Day said.
A representative for Morrisons said: “We are not aware of
any court proceedings issued by a third party. We have received
a letter asking us a number of questions about our pay policies.
Our aim is to pay our colleagues fairly and equally for the job
that they do, irrespective of their gender.”
Leigh Day also said it believed employees working in
male-dominated distribution centres were paid considerably more
than largely female-staffed stores.
($1 = 0.7678 pounds)
(Reporting by Philip George in Bengaluru and James Davey in
London; Editing by Leslie Adler and Peter Cooney)
First Published: 2018-09-12 01:06:47
Updated 2018-09-12 02:39:23
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