07 September 2010 #Employment
In the 12 months from 1 April 2009, 236,100 workers brought claims to tribunal - up 56% from 151,000 in the previous year and three times the numbers of the late 1990s, according to the Tribunal`s Service.
Including the number of multiple claims filed, which rose by almost 90% compared to the 2008-09 figures, the total number of claims reached 392,800.
Of the 392,800 claims received in 2009-10, just under a quarter, (95,200) were related to the Working Time Directive and 75,500 were unauthorised deductions under the Wages Act.
There were 126,300 claims associated with unfair dismissal, breach of contract and redundancy . This was an increase of 17% from 2008-09 and 62% from 2007-08.
In 2009-10, the Employment Tribunals disposed of 112,400 claims, an increase of 22% on the number in 2008-09. Of the claims that were disposed of, 32% were withdrawn, 31% were ACAS conciliated settlements and 13% were successful at tribunal.
The Tribunal Service estimates that £1 billion was awarded in compensation to the successful claimants. The biggest payout was £729,347 in a disability discrimination case. For sex discrimination the largest award was £442,366, and the most successful race discrimination claimant received £374,922. Age discrimination complainants received significantly lower awards, with the highest payout being £48,710.
The average awards included:
The average award of costs in employment tribunal cases was £2,288.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) received 1,963 appeals and disposed of 1,848, compared to 1,794 and 1,933 respectively in 2008-09.
The full list of statistics is available on the Tribunal Services Website.