The Employment Tribunal Service has published its 2006-2007 report. The report covers the period from 1 April 2006 – 31 March 2007.
The report shows that the overall number of tribunal claims are on the increase – by over 15%…….so much for the Employment Act 2002 and the Statutory Dismissal and Grievance Procedures reducing claims. In fact I can think of numerous examples of instances where they have caused extra litigation.
There have been 972 Age Discrimination Claims (in the 6 months since the Regulations came in to force on 1 October 2006 to the end of the period covered by this report – 31 March 2007). Of these NONE have won at Tribunal and 6 have lost at Tribunal. The rest were withdrawn, settled, struck out, dismissed at a preliminary hearing or secured a default judgement. It seems very few people have been prepared to see this new type of claim all the way through to hearing – no one wants to be the test case! Age discrimination claims had one of the highest number of settlements – 38% of all age cases settled (behind Sex Discrimination at 48% and equal pay with a whopping 60% settlement rate).
The average Unfair Dismissal award was just under £8,000.00 and the median Unfair Dismissal award was £3,800.00. Costs were awarded in fewer than 0.25% of cases and mainly in favour of the Respondent.