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A law expert cast doubt over the impact of today's Supreme Court ruling on equal pay, saying that the likelihood of people coming forward to claim would significantly depend on the funds they had available to pursue a case.
Mr Hayes added that in the case of bringing such a claim in a civil court rather than a tribunal, both employers and employees will face the same issues when it comes to defending or proceeding with a claim.
The Women’s Resource Centre, which supports women's organisations to be more effective and sustainable, welcomed the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on equal pay, stating that it represented a move away from a "Victorian-esque" view of "men's work" and "women's work".
Employment lawyer Samantha Mangwana has said that this mornings decision by the Supreme Court could have a huge implications for equal pay cases.
She said; "Men and women who bring equal pay claims can do so in the ordinary courts where they have up to six years to bring the claim, until now it was thought there was a time limit of six months and they could only be brought in employment tribunals."
Ms Mangwana also said that the change of venue could have further implications for employees bringing equal pay claims:
"In tribunals, employers and employees bear your own costs. The system is completely different in the ordinary courts where the loser pays the winners costs. That could be significant because in cases where people have good claims employers may settle quicker."
Joan Clulow and Pam Sanders were both carers with Birmingham City Council for more than 25 years.
They have spoken today about how they felt when they realised that men who worked as grave diggers and rubbish collectors were being paid more than them.
Lawyers acting for the 170 women have told ITV News Central that they hope Birmingham City Council will now settle the claims.
"What we hope is that Birmingham will not settle the claims - but we'll leave that to them to decide."
Birmingham City Council have said that they are reviewing the judgement which saw them lose their Supreme Court appeal today.
The Lawyers acting for the 170 women and four men who brought the original case against Birmingham City Council have called the ruling, "an historic decision".
The Supreme Court decision follows a Court of Appeal ruling in the women's favour. That ruling said that scores of cooks, cleaners, catering and care staff previously employed by Birmingham City Council were entitled to launch pay equality compensation claims in the High Court.
The city council had challenged that decision but the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by a majority.
In 2007 and 2008, tens of thousands of pounds were paid to female council employees to compensate them.
More payments have also been made to women who took cases to an employment tribunal.
But only workers still employed or who had recently left were eligible to make claims in a tribunal.
Those who had left earlier were caught by a six-month deadline for launching claims.
Those women had started actions for damages in the High Court, which has a six-year deadline for launching claims.
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Today's Supreme Court judgment brings workplace equality a step closer. But it's been a long road to travel.
The Supreme Court has allowed 174 former Birmingham City Council employees to launch pay equality compensation claims in the High Court.