Discrimination awards in 2003 reached £4.2m

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Employerspaid out almost £4.2m in compensation for unlawful discrimination at work in2003, according to research published this week.Employmenttribunals awarded payments in 376 cases of disability, race and sexdiscrimination in the 12 months to December 2003 – 37 less than the previousyear.  Ofthe 376 cases, 58 per cent involve sex discrimination, 16 per cent racediscrimination, and 24 per cent disability discrimination. Combinedjurisdictions accounted for 2 per cent of all awards.Theanalysis, by Personnel Today’s sisterpublication EOR (Equal OpportunitiesReview), shows that the total compensation bill is less than the total for 2002(which saw exceptional payouts in race and sex discrimination cases), but showsan 11 per cent increase on the 2001 figure.EOReditor, Sue Johnstone, saidit has monitored workplace discrimination awards since 1989. Generally, thetotal awards paid out show an upward trend, although there have been peaks andtroughs for race and disability cases.Since1999, the median award in all three jurisdictions (sex, race and disability)has remained above £5,000.Otherkey findings:–More than half of the sex discrimination awards (51 per cent) were linked topregnancy and childcare issues–Applicants who have suffered discrimination can expect a payout of around£5,000-£6,000 for the total award and between£2.500-£4,000 for an injury to feelings award. (Injury to feelingsawards recompense individuals for the personal distress caused by unlawfuldiscrimination)–Five awards were for more than £100,000 Discrimination awards in 2003 reached £4.2mOn 7 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img

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