One of the BBC’s most senior journalists has been widely praised after she resigned from her post in protest at the gender pay gap, accusing the corporation of continuing a “secretive and illegal” culture of unequal salaries.
Carrie Gracie, who has been the BBC’s China editor since 2013, claimed the corporation is “breaking equality law” in its dealings with staff, and adopting a “bunker mentality” which is failing to address the significant pay gap.
Referring to the “indefensible” difference in pay between men and women, in part revealed in a July report, Gracie said she now felt obliged to speak out after private attempts to convince executives to treat her fairly failed.
The law says that gender differences in pay for doing the same job are illegal. Pay differences for those doing different jobs, or even the same under different conditions, are not.
Surely a senior journalist should know this?