“Male colleagues of female equal pay claimants were entitled to bring ‘piggyback’ claims using the female claimants as comparators and were able to recover sums equivalent to those awarded to the successful comparators by way of arrears. There were obvious conveniences in male contingent claims being included in the proceedings from the start. Even if technically premature in the sense of whether a cause of action had arisen, employment tribunals were empowered under s 2(1A) of the Equal Pay Act 1970 to entertain claims for declaratory relief where a dispute arose in relation to the effect of an equality clause read into a contract under s 1(1) and that would give a sufficient jurisdictional foundation for male contingent claims pending the point at which they might mature into claims for substantial relief.”
WLR Daily, 30th June 2009
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