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Low success rates in discrimination claims

An analysis of the latest tribunals statistics for 2010/11 conducted by Equal Opportunities Review shows that discrimination claims are the least successful when compared with other jurisdictions.

Equal Opportunities Review (Issue No 215, Michael Rubenstein Publishing) contains an analysis of discrimination claims following the publication of the annual tribunals statistics for 2010/11. The key findings are: (i) the rate of success in discrimination cases, varying from 1% to 3%, falls below redundancy pay claims (23%) and is less than the next “least successful” jurisdiction – unfair dismissal, with a success rate of 8%; (ii) the proportion of successful religious belief claims has increased slightly, to 3% from 2%, but the proportion of successful sexual orientation claims decreased from 5% to 3%; (iii) the average rate of withdrawn claims in in non-discrimination jurisdictions is 26%, whereas it is 38% for discrimination claims; (iv) the highest proportion of cases that were unsuccessful following a hearing was in race discrimination claims at 16% followed by religion or belief at 15%.

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