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Equal pay: Six-month time limit is compatible with Community law

In Preston and others v Wolverhampton Healthcare NHS Trust and others (No.2) and Fletcher and others v Midland Bank plc (No.2) 1 8.2.01 House of Lords, the House of Lords holds that the six-month limitation period laid down in s.2(4) of the Equal Pay Act 1970 does not breach the principle of equivalence. Even if an action for breach of contract may provide a sufficiently similar comparison to a claim under s.2(4) of the 1970 Act, the rules of procedure for such a claim are no less favourable than those which would apply to a breach of contract claim where part-time workers claimed to have been unlawfully excluded from membership of their employer's pension scheme.