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Equal pay claim nets HR manager £19,000

first_img Previous Article Next Article A female HR manager has received £19,000 in compensation in an out-of-courtsettlement, after claiming her role should be worth the same as her firm’s malefinancial controller. Avril Johnson, who worked for manufacturer Barco for nine years, receivedthe settlement after she claimed she was unfairly dismissed when the companytried to demote her role to HR administrator in 2002. Johnson claimed she earned £8,000 less than the financial controller,received fewer share options and missed out on the annual bonus he received.She also claimed to be the only member of the management team not to get acompany mobile phone. Julie Mellor, chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission, which supportedJohnson’s case, said the situation would have been avoidable if the employerhad carried out equal pay reviews to ensure fairness. “The best way to make sure that a pay system is fair is to carry out anequal pay review. In some cases a review might uncover the fact that jobsusually done by women have historically been under-valued, leading to lowerrates of pay than for jobs usually done by men,” she added. Johnson said: “I believed my professional responsibilities were verysimilar to those of the financial controller. I was not happy to find I waspaid so much less. I didn’t want to leave after nine years service, but felt Ihad no choice.” By Ross Wighamwww.eoc.org.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Equal pay claim nets HR manager £19,000On 3 Jun 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more