A bank is being warned it could face a raft of equal pay claims after a £150,000 payout in a long-running case of a woman who complained of being paid less than a man for doing the same job.
Unite said the female employee of Ulster Bank owner the Royal Bank of Scotland was paid over £30,000 a year less in pay and benefits than a male counterpart doing the same job over seven years.
She was made redundant in 2017 and was about to take a claim to an employment tribunal when the case was settled, said Unite.
Unite assistant general secretary for legal services Howard Beckett said: “It is simply staggering that nearly 50 years on from the Equal Pay Act that a taxpayer-funded bank has been found to be discriminating against a female employee to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds.
“We now know that the number of women who received a bonus in 2015 was 20% compared to 39% of men and that a year later the gap widened further still.
“Unite will be reviewing the implications of this case and won’t hesitate to support further equal pay claims.”