I'm an intern and I'm not being paid the same as others doing the same job. Is this legal?

In some circumstances, your employer may be able to justify paying different rates of pay because you are learning your job. Discrimination law can be complex area, so it's a good idea to seek advice if you feel you are being discriminated against.

Broadly speaking, it is unlawful for an employer to pay part-time workers less than their full-time co-workers who are doing the same or a similar job.

Similarly, it is unlawful for employers to pay staff employed on fixed-term contracts less than permanent staff for doing the same or a similar job.

It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate on pay and other conditions of employment on grounds of age, disability, race, being transgender, marriage/civil partnership, sex, maternity/pregnancy, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. Women are also entitled to the same rate of pay as men (and vice-versa) for doing the same or similar work and to equal pay for equal value work.

Most workers have rights not to be discriminated against, including agency workers, those employed via contractors, trainees, and some individuals who are self-employed and offering services in a personal capacity.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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