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Employment Tribunal claims soar as recession bites

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The reports that employment tribunal claims increased 56% over the past year. It is not unusual for claims to rise during a downturn -- as workers are laid off or made redundant, and face other problems in the workplace due to increased pressure/tension -- but the report suggests that the increase is also down to a rise in the number of so-called "multiple claims".

    • "Multiple claims" occur where two or more people bring cases, involving one or more claims (e.g., , , etc) usually against a single employer but not necessary so, for instance in cases involving , and always arising out of the same or very similar circumstances. As a multiple, the cases are processed together.

Increase/decrease in claims by type between 2008-9 and 2009-10

Claim type

% increase/decrease

Working Time Directive

397

Race discrimination

149

Unauthorised deductions from pay

123

Redundancy pay

76

Transfer of an undertaking - failure to inform and consult

38

Age discrimination

37

Redundancy - failure to inform and consult

34

Breach of contract

31

Written pay statement

27

Written statement of terms and conditions

21

Discrimination on grounds of religion or belief

20

Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation

18

Disability discrimination

14

Unfair Dismissal

9

Pregnancy-related dismissal or detriment

6

Written statement for dismissal

no change

Sex discrimination

-2

Others

-13

National minimum wage

-17

Equal pay

-18

Part time worker regulations

-20

 

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