Supreme Court holds that equal pay claims should not be struck out by the High Court

David Reid
26th Oct 2012

It was recently announced that Birmingham City Council has been unsuccessful in its appeal to the Supreme Court against the decision that employees are entitled to bring equal pay claims in the High Court, even where these claims would be time barred at the Employment Tribunal.

Employment equality act

This decision effectively extends the time limit for equal pay claims from six months to six years, making it possible for potentially thousands more workers to bring equal pay claims against their employers.


However, local government leaders have attempted to quash fears that the decision could open the floodgates for such claims, stating that the progress local authority councils have made on tackling equal pay issues over the last six years would prevent this.



Case name: Birmingham City Council (Appellant) v Abdulla and others (Respondents) [2012] UKSC 47 (24 October 2012). The case can be found here.

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