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£700,000 sex discrimination claim launched against university bosses

April 28 2014

Male employees from a welsh university have launched a £700,000 sex discrimination case over claims they have been paid less than their female counterparts for several years.

Twenty-six caretakers and tradesmen at University of Wales Trinity Saint David launched their claim for sex discrimination against university bosses at an employment tribunal in Cardiff on 22nd April.

The men believe they have been underpaid by an average of £4,000 a year since 1st August, 2007, and are claiming more than £30,000 each in back payments.

The unusual sex discrimination case sees the men demanding £736,000 from the university and laying claim to future salary rises to put them in line with female colleagues on the same pay grade.

All the men were originally employed by Swansea Metropolitan University, which merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in August last year.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 29th April), the first group of 19 will put their case before the employment tribunal.

Paul Doran, the Northern Irish solicitor acting for them, told the Guardian: “The vast majority of equal pay cases involve women claiming that they have been underpaid in comparison to male colleagues.”

A university spokesman said the tribunal relates to a period before the now dissolved Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2013.

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