EHRC opens investigation into BBC over equal pay

The EHRC has opened an investigation into historic claims of unequal pay at the BBC.



The Equality and Human Rights Commission is to open an investigation into complaints that female employees at the BBC have not been paid equally for work of equal value.

The EHRC says it has reviewed a large amount of information provided by the BBC about its pay policies and its programme of reform, which includes changes to terms and conditions and pay practices. It says that it suspects that some women at the organisation have not received equal pay for equal work and is using its powers under the Equality Act to open an investigation.The investigation will relate to the BBC’s historic policy and pay practices.

It will examine formal and informal pay grievances raised with the BBC by staff to determine if there has been unlawful pay discrimination and whether grievances have been adequately resolved.

Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “Paying men and women the same salary for the same job has been a legal requirement for almost 50 years. Every organisation should know we are fully committed to ensuring employers comply with equal pay law. Employers today should be doing as much as they can do to ensure all their staff enjoy a working environment that allows them to achieve their full potential.”

The issues about equal pay were highlighted by the case of former China correspondent Carrie Gracie [pictured] who said she was paid less than other male regional correspondents.

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