A father has been awarded more than £28,000 for sex discrimination after he was paid less than his wife during their shared parental leave.
David Snell and his wife both work for Network Rail and decided to take shared leave to care for their baby, who was born in January this year.
When they first applied for their leave, however, they discovered that while Mrs Snell would receive full pay for six months, Mr Snell was only entitled to statutory parental pay of about £140 per week.
He raised a grievance with the company and when this was rejected he lodged a claim for sex discrimination at an employment tribunal. Network Rail eventually conceded that its “family friendly policy” was discriminatory and an employment judge, Frances Eccles, awarded the signalling designer a total of £28,321.03.