Does the concept of equal pay simply apply to wages and salaries or to other contractual benefits as well?

The meaning of 'pay' in equal pay legislation includes every element of the total contractual package. Equal pay, therefore, applies to other benefits provided (e.g. sick pay, travel expenses, pensions, etc.) and not just the rate of pay.

In some circumstances, you may not be able to bring an equal pay claim but you can bring a claim for sex discrimination instead. It is important to take early legal advice.

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