Injury to Feelings Compensation Rising on the 6th of April

Author:
Balal Qaiser
Employment Law Solicitor
Date:
05/04/2022

On the 6th of April 2022, the Fifth Addendum to the Presidential Guidance on employment tribunal awards for injury to feelings will come into effect updating the Vento bands. This means that the amount of compensation that can be awarded by an Employment Tribunal for injury to feelings following a successful claim for Discrimination has been raised. 

Here is everything you need to know about the increase.

 

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Employment Tribunals have discretion on the level of award they can make for injury to feelings. Therefore the Vento Bands are not binding, but the Employment Tribunals will usually take them into account.

For claims presented on or after the 6th of April 2022, the Vento bands will be: - 

  • Lower Band - Less serious cases - £990 to £9,900;
  • Middle Band - For cases that don’t warrant an upper band award - £9,900 to £29,600;
  • Upper Band - Most serious cases - £29,600 to £49,300; and
  • Exceptionally serious cases - £49,300 or more. 

 

What is Injury to Feelings?

 

Injury to feelings is an award of compensation that an Employment Tribunal can make following a successful claim for discrimination to remedy hurt and degradation suffered because of discriminatory treatment. An award for injury to feelings is separate to any compensation for financial loss, such as past or future loss of earnings.

 

What can you do About Discrimination at Work?

 

Unlike an Unfair Dismissal Claim, there is no minimum level of service needed to make a Discrimination at Work Claim.

If your employer has policies around raising concerns about potential discrimination, it is important that you follow them if you feel that you have been discriminated against. If there are no set policies, you should speak with your Line Manager or Supervisor as soon as you can.

If your case cannot be resolved internally, we recommend getting legal advice from one of our Employment Law Solicitors as soon as you are able. You only have three months less one day from the date of the act, or last act of discrimination to make a claim.

 

How we can Help you

 

 We can support you by:

  • Assisting you in making an internal complaint and following your employer’s internal grievance policy;
  • Negotiating a settlement or exit agreement with your employer;
  • Representing you and providing full advice should your claim proceed to an employment tribunal.

If you have experienced Discrimination at Work our specialist Employment Law Solicitors can help you. With years of experience in successfully helping and advising people on workplace discrimination, we can review your situation and help you decide how to move forward.

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