14 November 2008
Employment tribunal payouts reached £32m last year
The amount of compensation secured by workers who took their employers to tribunals reached over £32 million last year, new figures reveal.
According to information obtained by the Sunday Telegraph under the Freedom of Information Act, payouts over the period for unfair dismissal, equal pay, religious discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination rose by £7 million compared to the previous 12-month period.
The publication also points out that these statistics are likely to be "only the tip of the iceberg", as the majority of claims are settled out of court.
Meanwhile, in other employment news, an expert recently said that there are currently more than 200 employment tribunals on hold in the UK until a decision is made on a legal test case launched by Age Concern concerning retirement laws.
Speaking to the Times, the charity's Nony Ardill said: "We know of at least 260 cases of people whose employment tribunals are on hold until we get a verdict on this case."