Following a claim for Discrimination or Detriments, the Employment Tribunal can make an award of compensation to Claimants (employees) for something called hurt feelings. This type of compensation is to reflect how hurt a Claimant is by the treatment they received from the Respondent (or employer).
Following a Judicial Consultation in summer 2017 the bands (or levels) of compensation for injury to feelings were significantly increased. The bands continue to be increased on a yearly basis and on 25 March 2019, the Presidents of both the Employment Tribunals in England & Wales (Judge Brian Doyle) and Scotland (Judge Shona Simon), increased them once more.
The newly updated awards will come into play in relation to claims presented on or after 6 April 2019 and they will be as follows:
- a lower band of £900 to £8,800 (less serious cases);
- a middle band of £8,800 to £26,300 (cases that do not merit an award in the upper band);
- an upper band of £26,300 to £44,000 (the most serious cases),
- with the most exceptional cases capable of exceeding £44,000.
Although this guidance is not binding, Employment Tribunals must have regard to it. This further update to awards is clearly indicative of how seriously the Tribunals Service are taking claims and so it is now even more important to ensure your claim is handled by an expert.
If you are experiencing any problems at work, or feel you are being subjected to discrimination you should take expert legal advice. Here at LincsLaw Solicitors, we can provide clear and practical advice for both employees and employers on discrimination and all other employment-related legal issues. Please contact us by telephone on 01522 440512, by email at ContactUs@lincslaw.com or visit our website for further information – www.lincslaw.co.uk
Specialist Employment Law Solicitor