Monthly Archives: September 2012

The latest employment tribunal statistics for the Tribunals Service are now out covering the period from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 which show an overall fall of 15% in the number of cases lodged on the previous year. 

The largest sum awarded by the Tribunal in 2011/2012 was £4,445,023 which was for a race discrimination claim. Very high awards were also made in disability and age discrimination claims.  The number of discrimination claims submitted have dropped with sexual and age discrimination seeing the largest falls.  Sexual discrimination continues to be the most frequently lodged claim.

The highest unfair dismissal award of £173,408 is in excess of the statutory cap of £72,300 but this cap does not apply where the unfair dismissal is for whistle blowing or for certain health and safety matters.  The mean average for the unfair dismissal award is £9,133 with the median average being £4,500.  Only 2% of unfair dismissal awards exceed £50,000 which show very few awards approach the existing cap of £72,300.