Compensation awards for discrimination reach record levels

8th Jan 2002
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A survey by IRS Equal Opportunities Review has found that compensation payments in 2000 rose to nearly £4 million. The survey included all 316 discrimination cases where an award was made. These included one payment of £100,000 for Injury to Feelings, in the case Virdi v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (including £25,000 for aggravated damages). Overall the payments in disability and race cases were higher than in previous years, but they were marginally lower in [***] discrimination cases.

Almost half of the sum total of the awards granted was for [***] discrimination, 34% for race and 18% on disability grounds. Awards for "Injury to feelings" made up 43% of the total across those categories.

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