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Successful discrimination cases can attract compensation for both financial and non- financial loss. Compensation may also be payable for injury to feelings even in circumstances where there has been no financial loss.
In the case of Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police 2003, the Court of Appeal set out three bands of awards for successful claims, with each band reflecting the level of seriousness of claims.
More recent cases have modified this approach taking into account inflation. In the recent case of De Souza v Vinci Construction (UK) Ltd 2017 the Court of Appeal ruled that a 10% uplift should be applicable to Employment Tribunal Awards of compensation for injury to feelings. As a result, the President of the Employment Tribunal has issued guidance to increase rates of compensation significantly for discrimination cases where there is injury to feelings.
Not only are employers more susceptible to claims from employees due to the abolition of tribunal fees and the removal of any financial barriers but in addition to this the attractive compensation rates may also increase claims to a greater extent.
Ramsdens specialist and experienced Employment team are here to help you with any employment issues you are facing in your business. Call us on 01484 821 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help.