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Date Published:14 Apr 2021 Last Updated:12 Oct 2021

How much compensation can I get for a discrimination claim?

Employment Law Advice

If you succeed in a discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal, the Tribunal will then consider whether to make an award for compensation and, if so, the amount to award.

In discrimination claims, compensation will include an award for injury to feelings, which reflects non-financial loss.

How does the Employment Tribunal calculate compensation?

In short, the tribunal will consider the seriousness of the discriminatory conduct and the effect that it has had on the Claimant. When deciding how much compensation to award for injury to feelings, the Tribunal will refer to ‘Vento’ bands as guidelines.

Other aspects of an award may include loss of earnings, pension and other benefits.

What are Vento bands?

Vento bands provide for three levels of compensation, categorised depending on the facts of each claim:

  • Lower band: less serious cases i.e. isolated/one off offences.
  • Middle band: serious cases that do not merit an award in the upper band.
  • Upper: most serious cases i.e. lengthy campaign of discrimination.

How much compensation can you receive for discrimination claims?

Presidential Guidance is released annually every April, setting out any increase to Vento bands. The following increases take effect for claims issued after 6 April 2021:

Vento band Claims between 6 April 2020  and 5 April 2021 Claims after 6 April 2021
Lower band £900 – £9,000 £900 – £9,100
Middle band £9,000 – £27,000 £9,100 – £27,400
Upper band £27,000 to £45,000 £27,400 – £45,600

Please note that tribunals are not bound by the guidelines, and only in the most exceptional cases will a Tribunal make an award in excess of the upper limit.

Any queries?

If you have any queries in relation to the above or regarding discrimination at work claims, please do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced Employment Lawyers on 01202 525333 for further advice.