16 February 2007
Bolton Council faces compensation payout
Bolton Council may be set to face hundreds of compensation claims from both current and former female employees, as a result of past pay discrimination.
The Bolton News reports that more than 500 women could take the council to an industrial employment tribunal after it emerged that the council had been failing to offer its female workers, including dinner ladies and cleaners, the same productivity bonuses offered to male workers.
The council has already been forced to pay out more than £3 million to 1,000 women for similar claims, the newspaper says, and the total bill is expected to reach £8 million.
The women concerned have been advised to reject an initial offer from the council to settle the cases, with union chiefs believing that workers could be in line for a much larger payout.
Many of the women are no longer working for the council, meaning that they have missed out on compensation payments so far.