Female science technician wins equal pay and sex discrimination case against boys’ public school

Thursday 13 August 2015

This case has been covered by The Telegraph, the Daily Mail and The Times. Hannah Miller, a former lab technician in the physics department of Tonbridge School in Kent, has succeeded in her claims of equal pay, sex discrimination and constructive dismissal against the school.

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The tribunal heard that Ms Miller had received less money than a male technician in the same role as her, despite the fact she joined the school before he did. On one occasion, a colleague in the physics department told Ms Miller: “You should never have women in physics, I would never hire one.” Her complaint as to equal pay was treated by the school in a "dismissive and belittling" manner and amounted to sex discrimination.

Following the ruling, Ms Miller and the school have reached an undisclosed agreement. The school has announced that they will not be appealing the decision.

Gráinne was instructed by Elizabeth Vanbergen of Employment Law UK LTD.

Gráinne Mellon is a member of Garden Court Chambers’ Employment Law, Discrimination and Professional Regulation Team.

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