Vento Bands consultation: Response received


Employment Tribunal awards for injury to feelings and psychiatric injury following

De Souza


Vinci Construction (UK) Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 879

  1. An Employment Tribunal may order a respondent to pay compensation to a claimant if the Tribunal finds that there has been a contravention of a relevant provision of the Equality Act 2010 in respect of which it has jurisdiction. The amount of compensation which may be awarded corresponds to the amount which could be awarded by a county court in England & Wales or the sheriff in Scotland.  An award of compensation may include compensation for injured feelings (whether or not it includes compensation on any other basis).
  2. An injury to feelings award might also be appropriate in certain claims of unlawful detriment.
  3. In Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (No. 2) [2002] EWCA Civ 1871, [2003] IRLR 102, [2003] ICR 318 the Court of Appeal in England & Wales identified three broad bands of compensation for injury to feelings awards, as distinct from compensation awards for psychiatric or similar personal injury. The lower band of £500 to £5,000 applied in less serious cases. The middle band of £5,000 to £15,000 applied in serious cases.

Responses should be received by Friday 25 August 2017