Compensation Payments For Discrimination Claims Increase

From 11 September 2017 claimants who are successful in their claim for unlawful discrimination can expect to recover a higher compensatory award for injury to their feelings.

The purpose of the injury to feelings award is to compensate the individual for any distress caused by the act(s) of discrimination. An individual can also claim for loss of earnings, pensions etc.

The amount awarded depends on the severity, length and repetition of the acts complained of. Following a period of consultation the Presidents of the Tribunals in England and Scotland have agreed higher rates for compensation in line with inflation.

The table below shows the new compensation rates:

Old award New award
Less serious cases e.g. one off event
£660 - £6,600 £800 - £8,400
Serious cases which do not merit an award
in the highest band
£6,600 - £19,800 £8,400 - £25,200
The most serious cases e.g repeated occurrence    
£19,800 - £33,000     £25,200 - £42,000
Exceptional Cases
Less serious cases e.g. one off event
£33,000 +     £42,000 +

If you have been affected by discrimination our team of Business & Commercial lawyers at Fosters Solicitors in Norwich have a wealth of experience and knowledge to assist you. Please call us on 01603 620508 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the department will be in touch very soon.