Retail giant Boots could face a £180 million pay claim, The Workers Union can reveal.
According to some sources, nearly 56,000 in-store employees may be able to join the claim.
The current situation arose when some members of staff recognised that store workers (who are mainly female) are paid less than the men employed in the company’s network of warehouses. With instore staff claiming that they work at least as hard as their off-floor colleagues, it seems that there may be a case to answer. And if the apparent disparity breaches the Equality Act 2010, it could see Boots’ bosses forced to cough up back pay to the tune of £180 million pounds.
In response, a spokesperson for Boots said that “we are confident that we pay all our colleagues fairly and lawfully.”
The Boots action is just one of a series of fights for equal pay in the retail sector, with supermarkets such as Tesco, ASDA, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s currently in the spotlight.
Retail giant Boots could face a £180 million pay claim
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