Age discrimination legislation first came into force in 2006. Since then, the number of Employment Tribunal claims increased rapidly. In 2011, a fee became payable to submit an Employment Tribunal claim.

Employment Tribunal claims (2005/06-2015/16)

The large spike in 2015/16 is not indicative of a new trend and it is not cause for concern for employers. The reason for the large spike is because, in September 2015, 11,418 age discrimination cases were submitted. Almost all of these 11,418 cases probably relate to a large multiple claimant issue, because the average of the months both immediately before and after September 2015 is less than 100. 

The long term trend in the number of age discrimination claims is still a downwards one.


Highest compensation awards

The amounts shown in the adjacent chart are in pounds. Although compensation awards for age discrimination claims can be high, six figure sums are atypical.

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Average compensation awards

Median awards for age discrimination have been higher since the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees, suggesting that those claims that have continued to be brought are stronger.

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