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Equal pay: "Trivial differences" should be disregarded in determining whether there is like work

This report relates to 2 case(s)

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    A Dugdale and others v Kraft Foods Ltd [1976] IRLR 368 EAT (0 other reports)

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    Capper Pass Ltd v JB Lawton [1976] IRLR 366 EAT (0 other reports)

In two of the first appeals to the EAT under the Equal Pay Act, the Appeal Tribunal has set important guidelines as to how Industrial Tribunals should interpret the "like work" requirement in s.1(4) of the Act. In particular, the EAT has ruled that "trivial differences" in the work done by a woman and that done by a man and differences in the times at which they perform the work should be disregarded when determining whether work is like work.