You and your colleagues have campaigned hard and won essential improvements in workplace
policies and procedures when it comes to delivering equal pay for staff. Job done? No.
With key exceptions, most workplace policies are not contractual. An employer failing to act in
accordance with a workplace policy is not a breach of contract. It is not in and of itself illegal.
Workers must hold them to account.
When discrimination occurs due to a failure to act according to policy, this is still classed as
discrimination. However, proof requires meeting stringent legal tests. And we don’t want to be
in a workplace where threats of legal action are a constant. It’s exhausting.
Therefore, you and your colleagues must seek to ensure additional steps are implemented
alongside the written improvements to policies and procedure.