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New employment tribunal statistics show ongoing increase in claims

Source: Ministry of Justice | | 16/09/2019

The government has published its annual employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal (EAT) statistics tables for the financial year 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. The government’s statistics tables show that the number of accepted employment tribunal claims in 2018/19 was 121,075, comprising 34,974 single claims and 86,101 multiple claims. This represents a 10% increase compared to 2017/18 which saw 109,698 claims accepted. The annual statistics also show that:

  • 49% of all cases were withdrawn or settled before a tribunal hearing, 12% were struck out by the tribunal without a hearing, 16% were dismissed by the tribunal upon withdrawal, 11% were disposed of through a default judgment or dismissed at a preliminary hearing, 2% had the case discontinued, 1% were unsuccessful at tribunal hearing and 9% were successful at tribunal hearing
  • 64.5% of claimants had legal representation at tribunal, with a further 4.1% being represented by their trade union
  • the maximum unfair dismissal award was £947,585 and the average (mean) award was £13,704
  • the maximum race discrimination award was £33,660 and the average award was £12,487
  • the maximum sex discrimination award was £24,103 and the average award was £8,774
  • the maximum disability discrimination award was £416,015 and the average award was £28,371
  • the maximum religious discrimination award was £12,000 and the average award was £4,767
  • the maximum age discrimination award was £172,070 and the average award was £26,148
  • no awards were made in respect of sexual orientation discrimination
  • costs were awarded to the claimant in 51 cases and to the respondent in 158 cases and the average costs award was £6,729
  • the EAT received 1,291 appeals, but 646 of these were rejected at the sift stage as having no reasonable prospect of success or as being out of time.

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