On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that 174 former employees of Birmingham Council may continue their claims for equal pay in the High Court.
Claims for equal pay are usually brought in Employment Tribunals, where claims must be lodged within 6 months of termination of the employment in question.
The 174 former Birmingham city council employees, who left their jobs between 2004 and 2008, are demanding compensation, claiming the council denied them the extra payments and benefits given to men doing similar jobs.
The council had tried to block the claims arguing that they should have been brought in the employment tribunal, which has a six month time limit.
However, the Court of Appeal and now the Supreme Court has sided with the former workers, meaning that they can now bring lawsuits in the High Court instead.
This ruling will have major implications for other workers wanting to lodge claims.
This ruling has in effect extended the time limit for equal pay claims from six months to six years, the biggest change to equal pay legislation since it was introduced in 1970 and has huge implications for workers.
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