The Employment Tribunal may award compensation for injured feelings in discrimination cases and in cases of whistleblowing where the claimant alleges detriment. This is separate from any award of compensation for financial loss.
When considering the appropriate award for injury to feelings, if applicable, the Tribunal is guided by the Vento Bands as established in the case of Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (No 2).
Today, the Presidents of the Employment Tribunals in England, Wales and Scotland published a response to a consultation on the Vento Bands. The Vento Bands have increased, and the new Bands are as follows:
- Lower Band: £800 to £8,400
- Middle Band: £8,400 to £25,200
- Upper Band: £25,200 to £42,000
Only the most exceptional cases will be capable of exceeding an award of £42,000.
The new bands will apply to claims presented on or after 11 September 2017.
The increase to compensation levels makes it even more important for employers to avoid discrimination claims arising. They are not only costly but present reputational risk as well. A good way to limit the potential for discrimination claims arising is to ensure staff are given training.
We can provide cost effective and practical training at your place of work or at our offices. Feel free to get in touch to see how we can help you ensure compliance with your discrimination obligations and be an employer of choice.