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David Franey wins equal pay landmark case

12 November 2009

Russell Jones & Walker's David Franey won a landmark equal pay case on behalf of Bridget Bodman, a former Group Accountant of API Group Services Limited (API).  Mrs Bodman joined API in April 2000 as a Group Accountant at API’s head office.  Almost a year later she took over as Group Financial Controller from the previous male role holder.  In 2002 the role of Group Accountant, previously filled by Mrs Bodman, was given to a male colleague.  Mrs Bodman subsequently discovered that she had received substantially lower pay than both her male colleagues.  The Tribunal found in Mrs Bodman’s favour and concluded that she had been engaged in like work with both her male comparators even though they had not carried out the roles at the same time as Mrs Bodman.  The Tribunal awarded Mrs Bodman £25,000. This case was supported by the then Equal Opportunities Commission.