There was a 56% rise in employment tribunal claims between April 2009 and March 2010, newly published statistics show.
The Tribunals Service and Ministry of Justice report says that this is largely the result of “the rise in multiple claims” and “partly as a result of the changing economic climate”. During the year, the employment tribunals disposed of 112,400 claims, up 22% year-on-year. The EAT received 1,963 appeals and disposed of 1,848. The greatest increases were in relation to working time (up 297%) and unauthorised deductions (up 122%), said to be attributable to multiple airline industry cases that are re- submitted every three months. There was also a large rise in the number of redundancy claims (up by 76%).
More than two-thirds of equal pay claims were withdrawn (71%), and more than half of sex discrimination claims were withdrawn (57%). Almost half of all disability discrimination claims were settled through ACAS.