How does the equal pay claims process work?

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Equal Pay Claims Process

Step 1: Understanding the supermarket equal pay claims.

Equal Pay Now was set up by Leigh Day to help supermarket workers bring claims for equal pay.

These claims are about whether the staff that work in stores are doing equal work to their colleagues in the distribution centres.

Step 2: Questions about the claim?

We understand that bringing a claim against your employer may be difficult. You may have a number of questions about the process.

Equal Pay Now has been set-up to help make the whole process easier. We’ve created some helpful resources to breakdown the key points to understand the supermarket claims:

  1. We’ve broken down important Equal Pay points in our Equal pay explained video
  2. How does compensation work? – Our compensation explained video explains how much backpay you could receive if the claim is successful
  3. Any more questions? – Our Frequently asked questions is a great place to find answers quickly

If you can’t find what you want on the website, a member of our team will be happy to talk you through the process.

Visit our contact us page to find details of the relevant supermarket team you wish to speak to.

Step 3: Starting your claim

Anyone (male or female), who is hourly paid and has worked at a supermarket store in England, Scotland and Wales in the last six years can bring a claim.

To start your claim, you simply need to:

  1. Provide some personal and employment details; and
  2. Agree the terms and conditions.

All of this can be done via our secure online form or if you want to speak to one of our friendly team, you can contact us via email or phone.

All our claims are being brought on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis so if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t need to pay us.

Step 4: Your solicitor starts your claim

After we have assessed your eligibility and agreed to our ‘no win no fee’ agreement, you will be signed up to the claim; it is that simple!

This is when we, Leigh Day, get to work. Our legal teams will notify ACAS of your intention to start proceedings and submit your claim to the Employment Tribunal. There will be no need for you to attend the tribunal unless you would be willing to talk about the job that you do.

An equal pay claim has a number of stages to work through so it can take a long time to reach a conclusion. However, you will be paid up to 6 years’ worth of back pay from the date we start your claim, and this will continue to increase until the claim is resolved or your employment ends.

We will, of course, keep you updated on your claim along the way.

Step 5: What happens if we win or lose?

If your claim brought by us is successful you will receive a sum of compensation. From that, you’ll need to pay the agreed fee of 25% (plus VAT) for the services we have provided.

If your claim brought by us is unsuccessful, you will not need to pay anything under the terms of our ‘no win no fee’ agreement.

This removes any financial risks and does not leave you out of pocket!