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Record Payout for Part-Time Lecturer £25,000 Award in Landmark Ruling

A part-time lecturer has won record compensation after claiming she was paid less than her colleagues despite working more hours.

Susan Birch-Maxton was awarded £25,000 and given a full-time contract at Leeds Metropolitan University following a three-year legal battle.

Her union, NATFHE, said the award was a landmark case that could affect the wages of millions of other part-time workers.

“I sought a fair deal after reading about new laws to protect part-time employees,” said Mrs. Birch-Maxton, from Harrogate.
“My employers seemed sympathetic but said the university simply could not afford fractional contracts.

“Most colleagues were sympathetic, though the phrase ‘part-time’ still conjures up ‘pin-money’ in the minds of some grey-suited men of a certain age. It has been three years of immense pressure, but I simply could not accept such a patently unfair situation.

“Litigation is not for the faint-hearted or those acting alone, but I had the support of my union NATFHE, for which I am immensely grateful.

“The money will pay off debts, but I hope this result will help the thousands of part-time staff in education who suffer similar discrimination. Now I just want to get on with my life and my career.”

The settlement was

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