14 October 2009
Compensation awards for injury to feelings cases rise
The amount of compensation workplace discrimination victims can receive in injury to feelings cases has increased.
Recently, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) raised the bands of damages.
Now, the element of payouts awarded to successful claimants for injury to feelings can be as high as £30,000.
This is an increase of £5,000 on the previous limit.
Meanwhile, the middle band has risen from £15,000 to £18,000 and the lowest band now stands at £6,000 as opposed to £5,000.
The three band system was established in 2002 by the Court of Appeal.
It is hoped that now the EAT has implemented these increases, tribunals will once again begin using injury to feelings awards with consistency.
Currently headed by Mr Justice Underhill, the EAT mainly serves to hear appeals from decisions made by employment tribunals.
Its hearings are conducted either by one judge alone or by a judge and two lay members.