This is a complex case, which has been considered by Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Court of Session, and now the Supreme Court. The Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Session both ruled in our Council's favour. The Supreme Court judgment is the most recent stage of the legal process.
The appellants, including classroom assistants and nursery nurses, now have won the right to have their jobs compared to those of male manual workers, such as road workers and groundsmen.
This judgment has implications for many local authorities and other public bodies. Our Council will now consider its position in response to the Supreme Court judgment.
If our Council had to implement pay claims relating to this case, the outcome for each individual could be different. So, it isn't possible to state how much this would cost. Our Council has made provision for costs of £7.985m based on estimated potential payments to all outstanding Equal Pay claimants, not just those involved in this case.
Updated: 1 July 2013