Last month, we reported that the Presidents of the Employment Tribunals had issued a joint consultation statement seeking views on RPI-linked increases to the bands of awards for injury to feelings in discrimination cases, which had not risen since 2009. The Presidents have since released a Joint Response confirming the following revised bands:
- Lower band: £800 to £8,400: suitable for one-off and isolated incidents where the nature of the prohibited conduct is less serious
- Middle band: £8,400 to £25,200: suitable for serious cases which do not merit an award in the highest band
- Upper band: £25,200 to £42,000: suitable only in the most serious cases, such as where there has been a lengthy campaign of harassment ( certain exceptional cases may exceed £42,000)
The above bands apply to any claims issued on or after 11 September 2017 and will be reviewed annually from March 2018.
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