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COMPENSATION FOR INJURY TO FEELINGS IN DISCRIMINATION CASES

Sections 119 and 124 of the Equality Act 2010 provide for compensation for injury to feelings.

If a tribunal finds that your employer has discriminated against you, you may be entitled to claim for compensation specifically relating to the hurt and embarrassment you have suffered as a result of the discrimination. This type of competition is commonly known as “injury to feelings” compensation. This type of compensation can be awarded to you in addition to other compensation for losses you have suffered.

The relevant level of compensation was originally set by the Court of Appeal in the leading case of Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.

There are now three recognised bands of compensation. As at 06.04.2021 the bands were as follows;

  • Lower band – for less serious cases - £900 – 9,100.00
  • Middle band – for more serious cases - £9,100.00 - £27,400.00
  • Upper band – for most serious cases - £27,400.00 - £45,600.00

 

Compensation will be based upon how the discrimination affected you. To support a claim for “injury to feelings” you must provide evidence to the tribunal demonstrating how the discrimination affected you and the impact it had on you, your relationships etc.

This article is intended for general information purposes only and should not be relied upon in place of specific legal advice. If you have an employment query then please do not hesitate to contact our litigation team for advice and assistance.


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