The government is currently undergoing a consultation, due to take place between 29 January 2024 to 25 March 2024, to consider the re-introduction of tribunal fees for employees to access the justice service when they have an employment law dispute or wish...
In general, an employer is responsible for the actions of its staff. In circumstances where one worker discriminates against another, unless the employer can demonstrate that it took all reasonable steps to prevent the perpetrator from committing the discriminatory acts alleged (this is a difficult threshold to meet), if the claim is successful the employer will be liable and will be ordered to pay compensation to the claimant.
While there is no formal limit placed upon the amount a court can award in a claim for discrimination, the senior appeal courts have set out a range of awards for injury to feelings called the ‘Vento scale’. The Vento scale increases annually each April to take into account the rate of inflation; the most recent change was made in April 2022.
If you are an employer and you are facing a discrimination claim, whether it be from a present or former employee, get in touch with Stephensons today by calling 0161 696 6170 and speaking to one of our specialist solicitors.