It has been reported that 316 BBC staff have received a pay increase after querying their salaries in light of the equal pay scandal, with 144 queries still unresolved. Commenting on this, Mishcon de Reya Employment Partner Jennifer Millins, who represented Carrie Gracie in her equal pay dispute with the organisation, said:
"These figures reinforce the fact that high profile cases such as Carrie Gracie’s are just the tip of the iceberg at the BBC.
"Hundreds of women are asking the organisation difficult questions about their remuneration and many of these questions remain unanswered. The information that has come to light does not show to what extent individual pay increases have resolved potential discrimination and equal pay claims. In many cases, long overdue salary increases have been made but claims for back pay remain.
"The potential liability for the BBC is therefore likely to be far greater than the figures show, as employees can claim up to six years’ back pay in an equal pay claim.
"The struggle for these women often does not end with the BBC’s so called ‘informal’ process. Staff can wait for months for informal complaints to be resolved, only to be required to start a protracted formal grievance process when that process fails to adequately address their concerns. In some cases, months risk turning into years of waiting for a resolution as the BBC ties staff into protracted complaint processes. This is contrary to the spirit and the purpose of an employer’s obligation to deal with grievances swiftly and fairly."
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