The relevant legislation in this area now covers matters affecting race, age, gender, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marriage and disability. Most recently there have been a number of high profile cases involving the wearing of religious symbols for example.
Some forms of discrimination may be direct and others indirect and these can give rise to claims of harassment or victimisation.
Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Employment Law Team will provide trusted, clearly communicated advice on these areas and how to avoid the various pitfalls when dealing with Discrimination Claims.
There are clear guidelines for Courts and Tribunals to apply when they are assessing injury to feelings awards. These are known as Vento bands. From the 6 April 2020 these are as follows:
- £900 – £9,000 for lower band offences; This usually involves one off incidents / one act of discrimination.
- £9,000 – £27,000 for middle band offences; This covers more serious incidents and where the upper band is not suitable. So it may include more acts of discrimination.
- £27,000 to £45,000 for upper band offences. The upper band is for the most serious acts of discrimination such as campaigns, multiple acts, vendettas which have significantly impacted the employee causing significant levels of stress, anxiety and depression.