Employment Tribunal finds female worker was “subjected to sex discrimination”

A UK woman who was “consistently refused” equal pay has won an Employment Tribunal challenge on grounds of sex discrimination.

Amy Arnold, who worked as a Procurement Specialist for UK Power Networks (UKPN), argued that she had been unfairly denied equal pay and overlooked for promotion on multiple occasions.

She told Norwich Employment Tribunal that UKPN was paying her “substantially less” than her male colleagues, many of whom had comparable qualifications and were working in similar roles.

The Tribunal heard that she “never stood a chance of an equal playing field,” after UKPN “consistently moved the goalposts” in terms of her pay.

She added that after applying for a higher ranking job in the company, the role was abruptly handed to a male colleague whom she argued was “less qualified and less experienced” than herself.

Norwich Employment Tribunal found that Ms Arnold had been “subjected to sex discrimination.”

In light of the decision, UKPN was ordered to carry out a company-wide equal pay audit.

Commenting on the case, Ms Arnold said: “I am delighted to have been vindicated by the Employment Tribunal.

“I hope my case highlights to UKPN and other employers that sex discrimination is a serious issue and is not something that can simply be ignored.”

A UKPN spokesperson said: “UK Power Networks respects the decision of the Employment Tribunal and will be reviewing the detail of its findings and recommendations once they have been received.”

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Donna Martin

Donna Martin

Partner at Mackrell Turner Garrett
Donna Martin is a partner in the Employment team of Mackrell Turner Garrett’s London office. As an Employment Relations Specialist, she advises both employers and employees on a full range of contentious and non-contentious issues. She joined the firm in 2011 after training and qualifying at Vizards Wyeth Solicitors in London, where she practiced employment law and commercial litigation.