Sex discrimination is the second most common cause for complaint to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) and women’s treatment in the workplace gives rise to the largest proportion of these complaints.
ECNI is now launching a new Code of Practice on Equal Pay which comes into effect on 22nd July. The Code gives employers practical guidance on how to promote equality of opportunity and avoid sex discrimination in pay structures.
Despite the fact that the Code of Practice is not legally binding, it is admissible in evidence in any proceedings under the Equal Pay Act before the industrial tribunal. The tribunal may take into account an employer’s failure to follow the provisions of the Code.