Mr Chagger was made redundant from Abbey National in circumstances which a tribunal held amounted to unfair dismissal and race discrimination. He made extensive attempts to get another similar job but was not successful and claimed that this was because of the stigma of having brought a claim against Abbey National. The tribunal made an award of over £2m, which included (among other things) future loss based on the claimant’s inability to work in the fi nancial services industry ever again.

Abbey National appealed. The Court of Appeal held that employees who suffer a stigma when searching for a new job, as a result of having brought a discrimination claim against a previous employer, are entitled to be compensated for that loss by their previous employer. Such loss will normally be refl ected in the award for loss of earnings.

Abbey National plc and anor v Chagger