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Euro court clears maternity pay gap

A HEALTH & Safety Executive inspector has lost her long-running battle against her employer over pay discrimination.

The European Court of Justice ruled last week that staff can be paid more if they have worked longer, even if this led to pay gaps between men and women.

Inspector Bernadette Cadman won a tribunal case against the executive in 2002 - later overturned on appeal - after finding she was being paid up to £7,000 less than male colleagues on the same grade. She argued that basing pay on experience discriminated against women who took time off for maternity leave.