Being paid unfairly?

It is not always easy to know if you are not being paid fairly and equally. The following are examples of situations where you may be experiencing unlawful treatment.

  • You are appointed on a lower rate of pay than a male colleague doing similar work
  • A male colleague receives a bonus or pay rise which you don’t get because you are on maternity leave
  • You realise that you have a different job title and grade to a man doing similar work
  • You find that you have no entitlement to sick pay, holiday pay or pension benefits because you work part-time
  • You are being paid less per hour than a man doing the same work full-time
  • Your employer puts employees on individual contracts and tells you not to discuss the details.

If you believe that you may be being paid unfairly, then your trade union rep will be able to help you to find out more information and to support you in taking action to address any unlawful treatment.

If you are not a union member, then you can get free and advice and guidance from ACAS.

Related publications

Statutory Code of Practice on Equal Pay (Equality and Human Rights Commission)Statutory Code of Practice on Equal Pay (Equality and Human Rights Commission) Laid before Parliament 27 July 2010.

Toolkit for Student OfficersToolkit for Student Officers This toolkit is designed for student activists running equal pay campaigns on campus, and was developed in partnership with NUS Scotland.

WiRES: How we succeeded togetherWiRES: How we succeeded together A report for members of Women in Renewable Energy Scotland network, about Close the Gap's project to develop the network, and deliver a mentoring programme.