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PEMBROKESHIRE DISCRIMINATES AGAINST MOTHERHOOD

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The Western Mail (p7) reports on a landmark ruling from a Carmarthen industrial tribunal. The court found that Pemb...
The Western Mail (p7) reports on a landmark ruling from a Carmarthen industrial tribunal. The court found that Pembrokeshire CC was in breach of the Equal Pay Act and that teacher Julie Charles had been discriminated against by the governors at her school.

Charles claimed that the failure of Haverfordwest Voluntary Controlled School to count her experience as a mother in determining the level of her salary was a breach of the Discrimination Act. NUT Cymru secretary Gethin Lewis is quoted by the Mail: 'This landmark decision could lead to other such settlements across the UK running into several million pounds.'

The Mail explains that the situation came about as a result of the devolved powers granted to schools in 1987. Director of the Equal Opportunities Commission in Wales, Val Feld, agreed that the case had major implications for other governing bodies. Local education authorities, in particular, could face claims totalling millions of pounds following the judgment.
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