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Working Families warns against discrimination law change

Responding to the Government's announcement that the level of award on discrimination cases is to be considered as part of an ongoing review of employment law, Working Families, the work-life balance organisation, has warned that changing discrimination awards will tip the balance in favour of the employer.

 

Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families, commented:

 

“Being the victim of discrimination at work is distressing and undermining for the employee, but few bring claims lightly. Accusing an employer of discrimination is very likely to mean that the employee will be out of a job, even if the Tribunal finds in their favour. Allowing Tribunals to decide appropriate levels of compensation reflects not only the injury to the victim of discrimination, but the loss of earnings and potential earnings that result from the complete breakdown of an employment relationship.”

 

Sarah Jackson reported that last year Working Families helped over 200 parents (12% of all calls to the helpline) with cases which raised discrimination issues. She went on to say that: “The law is there to protect employees. The Government needs to tread very carefully in reviewing this law to ensure that employees’ rights at work are not rendered meaningless.”

 

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