The pay gap between men and women in the UK has been described by one expert has "simple discrimination".
Deborah Lockton, De Montfort University professor of employment law, made her comments after new figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that men in Leicestershire earn an average of £134 per week more than women, the Leicester Mercury reports.
This equates to around £7,000 a year.
Professor Lockton stated: "My view is a lot of employers think women should be paid less than men. It is simple discrimination."
She added that gender stereotypes and problems with the Equal Pay Act 1970 are at the heart of pay gap.
Under the terms of the act, it is unlawful for employers to discriminate between men and women in terms of their pay when they are doing the same or similar work, work of equal value or work rated as equivalent in a job evaluation study by the employer.