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Stop pay discrimination. Sign the #RightToKnow petition today.

Today is Equal Pay Day. The latest data shows that that the mean gap for full time workers is 13.1%. Progress to close the gender pay gap is dismally slow and at this rate it will take 60 years to eradicate it. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act women have waited long enough.

Fawcett has launched a new campaign to tackle one of the root causes of the gender pay gap - outright pay discrimination - and we urgently need your help.

Not sure about the difference between the gender pay gap and pay discrimination? Read our explainer here

Support our campaign to give women the #RightToKnow

“After ten years of working for one of the largest catering companies in the world I found out by chance that my male colleague doing the same job as me was being paid 22k – 6k more than me.”

- Kay Collins, former head chef at Compass Group

Read Kay's story and sign her petition for the #RightToKnow today.

Too many women are living in the dark. We need to change the law and give women the 'Right to Know' if they are being discriminated against at work.

Our new research found that the majority (60%) of women in workplaces across the UK either don’t know what their male colleagues earn, or believe they are earning less than men who are doing the same job. Pay discrimination is thriving because we have a culture of pay secrecy in the UK and employers can get away with it because there is no transparency.

Women who suspect they are being discriminated against should have the #RightToKnow if they are being paid less than a male colleague for doing the same job. If requested, employers should have to provide this information.

At present getting information about the pay of a male colleague doing equal work requires a lengthy court case – we cannot leave women guessing. It's nearly 50 years on from the Equal Pay Act and our laws are currently failing to protect women. 

We need a new Equal Pay Bill that is fit for purpose in the twenty first century.

Read our report Why Women Need a Right to Know for our full research and legal analysis.

We need your help. 

Kay has joined forces with Fawcett, and today launched a petition for the #RightToKnow. Please give her your support by signing the petition now and share with your colleagues, friends, family and social media followers.

There is strength in numbers, please help us show the incoming Prime Minister that urgent action is needed. Women have been waiting long enough.

Other ways you can help:

Pay discrimination is devastating and damaging women's lives.

Ahead of Equal Pay Day, we asked women to tell us anonymously about their experiences of pay discrimination and the impact it had on their lives. It’s damaging women’s lives and it has to stop. Watch our videos, read our latest report on the Right To Know and find out more about how the gender pay gap intersects with ethnicity in our Gender Pay Gap By Ethnicity report here.

Getting help – The Equal Pay Advice Service

If you suspect, you are being discriminated against and are earning 30k or under you can contact the Equal Pay Advice Service for free confidential legal advice. This is run in partnership with Fawcett and the employment law charity YESS Law to run the Equal Pay Advice Service.

You can contact the service here

The Equal Pay Advice Service was made possible by a generous donation of backdated pay from former BBC China Editor Carrie Gracie and support from the public and Fawcett members. Support the service and women challenging unequal pay, by donating towards the Fund today.