In recent days, new statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has revealed that the abolition of Tribunal fees in July 2017 has had a dramatic impact on the number of employees challenging their employers at the Employment Tribunal.
In the year since the Supreme Court ruled that such fees were unlawful, the justice system has seen caseloads increase considerably.
In this time, the caseload of single claims has risen by 130 per cent, while the number of multiple claims has increased by more than a third (34 per cent).
Meanwhile, in the three months between April and June 2018, the total number of new claims lodged has tripled year-on-year.
The figures reveal that, during the quarter, the MoJ received a total of 42,700 claims – a 344 per cent increase on the same three month period in 2017.
A particularly significant increase was noted in the number of claims lodged on grounds of sexual orientation, which increased from just 203 in 2016/17 to 377 in 2017/18.
Commentators have said that this is a consequence of both the abolition of Tribunal fees and changing social attitudes in the workplace, with the likes of ‘homophobic banter’ and ‘sexist comments’ increasingly being recognised as serious issues – and victims keen to stand up and challenge such unacceptable behaviour.
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