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Injury to feelings – how much can I be awarded ?

The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals in England and Wales and in Scotland have issued an update to the guidance on employment tribunal awards for injury to feelings.

These are referred to as the Vento bands.

For discrimination claims issued in the Employment Tribunals on or after 6 April 2021, the bands will be as follows: a lower band of £900 to £9,100 for less serious cases; a middle band of £9,100 to £27,400  for cases that do not merit an award in the upper band; and an upper band of £27,400 to £45,600 for the most serious cases, with the most exceptional cases capable of exceeding £45,600. Most cases which succeed in Tribunal see awards for injury to feelings of up to £10,000.

The most serious cases, which result in awards in the upper band, will inevitably require medical evidence to show that the Claimant has suffered either mentally or physically from the discrimination.