Last year the EAT, in Hartlepool Borough Council v Llewellyn & others, held that a male worker could submit an equal pay claim that was contingent on a female comparator's own equal pay claim being successful. The EAT further held that if the male worker's equal pay claim was successful, he would be entitled to arrears of pay for the same period as his female comparator. The Council appealed this decision to the Court of Appeal and a hearing was scheduled to take place at the beginning of this month. However, at the end of last month, it was reported that the parties had settled their claims, meaning the EAT decision will stand unless and until it is challenged in a subsequent case.