UK Power Networks loses discrimination case

UK Power Networks loses discrimination case

UK Power Networks has paid out £24,000 in compensation following a sex discrimination employment tribunal.

Procurement specialist Amy Arnold, from Red Lodge, Suffolk, was found to be the victim of ”direct discrimination' after being denied equal pay and a promotion, the East Anglian Daily Times reports.

The judge said she “never stood a chance of an equal playing field” because the power company were “constantly moving the goalposts” over an equal pay issue with male colleagues.

In December 2014, Arnold found out she was not being paid in line with male colleagues and raised her concerns the following month. She was told to achieve professional qualifications and to meet certain performance criteria to achieve a pay rise, but even when she achieved these, the raise did not materialise.

She applied for a promotion in November 2016, but did not get it. The judge revealed that Arnold had given similar answers to the successful candidate, but for some reason she had been marked down.

Arnold said: “[The case] wasn’t about the money, it was the principle and I’ve lost more than I’ve been awarded. I lost out on a promotion and the chance to progress my career.

“I hope this ruling will give others the confidence to stand up for themselves if they are being treated unfairly.”

A spokesman for UK Power Networks said: “UK Power Networks respects the decision of the employment tribunal and has taken on its findings and recommendations by putting in place a programme of retraining for our employees to ensure our commitment to fairness.”

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