Age discrimination claims up by a third in a year

Employment Law & HR update 24/11/2011

Statistics published recently by the Tribunals Service show a significant increase in claims for age discrimination, and with an average compensation payout of over £30,000, age discrimination also tops the compensation tables.

This will be of particular concern to employers, as the figures come before the abolition of the retirement age on 1st October. Since that date, employees who feel they have been forced to retire have the right to claim age discrimination and this is sure to increase claims further.

In another worrying development for employers, the average compensation award for age discrimination trebled to £30,289 compared with the previous year – higher than the averages for race, sex and disability discrimination, and demonstrating the huge potential for this form of discrimination to be costly to employers.

Other highlights from the employment tribunal statistics include:

  • Employers recovered legal costs from claimants in only 0.16% (one sixth of one percent) of cases
  • Average compensation awards in religion and belief discrimination cases rose by 74% to £8,515
  • The highest compensation awarded was for sex discrimination, at £289,167


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