The figures, which cover April 2011 to March 2012, also show an increase in disability discrimination claims. Religious discrimination claims are also on the up since last year.
Sex discrimination claims have drastically fallen, but still stand at in excess of 10,000. Unfair dismissal claims remain stable at 46,300, falling slightly from last year’s figure of 47,900.
In terms of compensation, the highest figure stands at £4,445,023 which was awarded in a race discrimination claim. The highest unfair dismissal award was £173,408 (there is a cap on unfair dismissal claims of £75,300 but this cap is disapplied in rare circumstances).
The average unfair dismissal claim compensation for 2011/2012 was £9,133.
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