Employment tribunal figures on the rise

THE number of sex discrimination claims taken to tribunals has jumped by 74 per cent in the past year, according to new statistics.

THE number of sex discrimination claims taken to tribunals has jumped by 74 per cent in the past year, according to new statistics.

Age discrimination claims also increased by nearly a quarter (24 per cent) between April 2012 and March 2013.

The latest quarterly and annual tribunal statistics have been published by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service. The figures show that between April 2012 and March 2013, the outstanding caseload for tribunals increased by 13 per cent compared to the year before, and the number of claims accepted increased by 3 per cent to 191,541.

Statistics for January to March 2013 show a 36 per cent increase in the number of claims received compared to the same period last year. It remains to be seen whether the new regime of fees does see a decrease as the government expects. Watch this space.