UK Supreme Court rules for women in pay suit

Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Cooks, cleaners and dozens of other female workers in Britain have won a key equal pay ruling.

Britain's Supreme Court on Wednesday effectively extended the time limit for equal pay claims from six months to six years. The case involved 174 female workers, who sought bonuses similar to those handed to employees in traditionally male-dominated jobs such as refuse collectors, road workers and grave-diggers.

The Birmingham City Council had argued the women had to bring their cases before employment tribunals within six months. But the women sued at the High Court, which has a six-year time limit. The city sought to have those claims struck down, but the court refused.

The law firm Leigh Day & Co said thousands of women around the U.K. could be affected by the decision.