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ET Claims double in 2010.

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 Of the claims that were disposed of, 32% were withdrawn, 31% were ACAS conciliated settlements and 13% were successful at tribunal.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:

  • £9,120 for unfair dismissal;
  • £18,584 for race discrimination; 
  • £19,499 for sex discrimination;
  • £52,087 for disability discrimination; 
  • £4,886 for religious discrimination; 
  • £20,384 for sexual orientation discrimination; and 
  • £10,931 for age discrimination.

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.

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