10th October 2007

INFORMATION
UPDATE

 Issue No.  2007/26

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LIES, DAMNED LIES & EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL STATISTICS
 
CLAIMS ARE ON THE UP
 
Check these figures out!!
 
TYPE OF CLAIM
12 MONTHS
TO 31st
MARCH 06
12 MONTHS TO 31st MARCH 07
 
COMMENT
New applications (including multiple claims)
 
Individual Claims
Unfair Dismissal
Sex Discrimination
Equal Pay
Race Discrimination
And from October 2006
Age Discrimination
 
115039
 
 
41832
14250
17268
4103
 
132577
 
 
44491
28153
44013
3780
 
972
 
Up 15%
 
 
Up 6%
}Huge increases
Down 8%
 
Watch this space
 
TOTAL CLAIMS
 
192492
 
253986
 
 
 
The significant rise in Equal Pay and Sex Discrimination claims is most likely down to the highly publicised claims against local councils/local authorities.
 
CASES CONCLUDED BY OUTCOME
 
The number of cases completed between 1st April 2006 and 31st March 2007 rose by 19 per cent, from 86,083 to 102,597.
 
Out of the total claims that were disposed of:
 

31%  withdrawn by the Claimant
 
 
Interestingly out of those cases that proceeded to a full hearing only one in three Respondents successfully defended the claim.
 
24%  settled via ACAS
21%  struck out by the Tribunal (not at a hearing)
12%  Claimant won
6%    Claimant lost (full hearing)
3%    Claimant won by default
2%    Claimant lost (Preliminary Hearing)

 
AWARDS MADE
 
Average awards for successful Claimants have been as follows:
 

TYPE OF CLAIM
 
AVERAGE AWARD
Unfair Dismissal
 
£8,000
Race Discrimination
 
£14,000
Sex Discrimination
 
£10,000
Disability Discrimination
 
£15,000

 
Martin Bate comments:
“The interesting figure for me is the one you can draw from the hearing results.  Claimants win roughly on a 2 to 1 ratio.  In past times this would be reversed when employers who were professionally represented at a hearing would expect to win 80%.  The tide seems to have turned against us”.
 
Now that you have digested the information stay tuned for a future email update for some tips on how to avoid losing at Employment Tribunal.
 
As usual, do ring us if you have any queries on these or related matters.
 

 

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