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Employment tribunal claims fall by 15%

The Ministry of Justice has published the annual tribunal statistics for 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 which reveal that the number of employment tribunal claims received was 186,300 – a 15% fall from the previous year.

Breaking down the statistics further shows that:

  • 46,300 unfair dismissal claims were received (compared with 47,900 last year);
  • 51,200 unlawful deduction from wages claim were received (down from 71,300);
  • There was a significant drop in the number of age (3,700 from 6,800) and sex discrimination (10,800 from 18,300) claims;
  • Disability discrimination claims increased slightly (up from 7,200 to 7,700);
  • Relatively few discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and religion or belief are received each year (610 and 940 respectively).

It will be interesting to see if the overall number of employment tribunal claims continues to fall in future years. It may well do in light of the increase in the unfair dismissal qualifying period to 2 years and the government’s proposed reforms to the tribunal system, particularly the introduction of tribunal fees and compulsory pre-claim ACAS conciliation.

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