The number of employment discrimination charges is plunging in the UK, and we previously noted that that the UK Ministry of Justice released employment tribunal stats for the first quarter of 2014 which showed a “huge fall in employment tribunal claims as a result of the introduction of fees to bring a case and have it heard.” (according to Michael Rubinstein Publishing).
On August 5th we wrote that “The UK Law Society Gazette has cited an employment law firm’s research that the number of sex discrimination claims going to employment tribunals has reached the highest level in four years — up from 38% two years ago.” However, “The overall number of claims has fallen by 80% since the introduction of employment tribunal fees in July 2013, but this appears to have mostly affected lower-value claims, the firm found.”
Thanks to the attorneys at Just Employment Law (located — for now — in the UK, but maybe next week in England and Scotland) for an “update” noting that new Ministry of Justice second quarter 2014 statistics for employment tribunals “show an overall drop in claims of 71% compared with the same period last year, and that the number of single claims has dropped by a third since the previous quarter.”
They also say that this decrease “may be partly due to the introduction of Early Conciliation by ACAS on 6 April 2014. Under that scheme, anyone wishing to make a tribunal claim must first notify ACAS and be offered the chance to settle their dispute before going to tribunal.”
But they also say that “Tribunal fees are likely to remain the main reason for the reduction in claims compared with the same quarter last year. … The union continues to argue that the fees deny access to justice for some workers and discriminate against particular groups such as women. … Labour has recently announced that it intends to abolish employment tribunal fees should it form a government at the next general election. The present government has undertaken to review the level of fees levied once their effect can be properly analysed.”