If you are successful in a discrimination claim against your employer you will be awarded damages that cover financial loss. In addition to this the Employment Tribunal can award compensation for ‘injuries to feelings’.

Guideline figures for injury to feelings awards were set by the Court of Appeal in the case of Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (No.2) [2003] IRLR 102 CA. The guidance was intended to help tribunals and courts in deciding how much to award a successful claimant in compensation for the mental effects of discrimination, such as anxiety, fear, stress, and humiliation, which are impossible to measure objectively.

The guideline amounts are detailed below and have recently risen by 10%.

  • The lower band — For less serious cases, for example where there has been an isolated incident of discrimination. The band is £600 to £6,600.
  • The middle band — For serious cases that do not justify an award in the highest band. The band is £6,600 to £19,800
  • The upper band — For the most serious cases, for example where there has been a lengthy campaign of discrimination. The band is £19,800 to £33,000.

These figures are only guidelines, so in exceptional cases an award could be made above £33,000. If you feel you are being discriminated against while at work it is important you seek legal advice.


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