Discrimination awards reach record levels

There has been a 38 per cent increase in the
amount of compensation awarded to victims of discrimination by employment
tribunals.

Figures published today in the Equal
Opportunities Review show that annual payout on discrimination cases reached a record
level of £3.5 million in 2000.

Out of a total of 318 employment tribunals, 186
employment tribunals dealt with sex discrimination complaints, 75 concerned
racial bias cases and 47 complaints related to disability.

The survey reveals a slight increase
in the average level of award in race and disability cases but a slight dip in
payouts in sex discrimination cases.

By Ben Willmott

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