Government Reforms (2): Increase in Discrimination Awards

What do we already know?

We updated you in our September 2017 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Increase in discrimination awards on the Guidance published by the Presidents of the Employment Tribunals on the amount of compensation which can be awarded in discrimination claims.

This Guidance confirmed there are three levels of bands for compensation for injury to feeling as a result of discrimination (known as ‘Vento’ bands, after the 2002 case by that name); and that these bands would be reviewed annually.

Awards for injury to feelings are made to employees for the hurt caused when they have been treated in a discriminatory way which is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.

What’s new?

The ‘Vento’ award bands (referred to above) for compensation for injury to feeling as a result of discrimination have been reviewed by the Presidents of the Employment Tribunals.

For claims presented on or after 6 April 2019, the revised Vento bands will be:

  • Lower band: £900 to £8,800 (less serious cases)
  • Middle band: £8,800 to £26,300 (medium serious cases)
  • Upper band: £26,300 to £44,000 (the most serious cases)
  • Exceptional cases: £44,000 and above