From the Times Online:
About 5,000 women council workers have won a sex discrimination case that could cost taxpayers £600 million in payouts.
Female employees at Birmingham City Council, including careworkers, cleaners and clerical workers, were excluded from bonus payments offered to male colleagues on the same pay grade. In some cases, selective rises and incentives meant that men earned more than one and a half times the salary of women colleagues on the same level. Unions said that the women may be owed £30 million, while solicitors said the payouts could be up to £600 million.
Stefan Cross, whose law firm represented the women, said that the case was indicative of 20 years of sex discrimination in councils across the country.