In Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust v Hurst and others; Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and others v Arnold and others  IRLR 452 CA, the Court of Appeal held that, in order to comply with step one of the statutory grievance procedure, it is sufficient for an employee to inform her employer that her grievance relates to equal pay. Further detail, such as identification of comparators, is not required.
The Court of Appeal has upheld an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision that employees who identified that their grievance related to equal pay complied with step one of the statutory grievance procedure. It was not necessary for the employees to identify comparators when raising their grievance.
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