An office administrator who worked for brokers Bennetts (GB), has received £10,400 compensation from her former employers in an out of court settlement, the Equal Opportunities Commission has announced.

Sarah Daly claimed she was paid almost £4,000 less than a male colleague doing work of equal value.

She worked at Bennetts (GB) since August 1996, initially as an insurance adviser, and then as office administrator from 1999.

Her duties were to provide administrative support for the branch, including dealing with the post, managing the branch diary, dealing with bad debts, customer queries relating to payment of claims and policy cancellations.

She compared her pay with a man who worked as an insurance adviser in the same company. His responsibilities included responding to enquiries, preparing notes and selling policies and renewals.

Her comparator was paid £13,000 a year, compared with her salary of £9,100.