Lords rule against compensation for injury to feelings

will not be able to recover damages for injury to feelings in unfair dismissal
cases following a judgment in the House of Lords today.

the case of Dunnachie v Kinston upon Hull City Council, on whether
damages for injury to feelings are recoverable in unfair dismissal claims, Lord
Steyn held that damages for non-economic loss are not recoverable for unfair
dismissal, and that section 123 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 only allows
tribunal to award financial losses.

lawyer Daniel Barnett said: "This will end the battle between employee and
employer representatives in small value cases who cannot agree whether (in
principle) an award for injury to feelings should be made."


Quentin Reade

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