The increasing number of redundancies are having a predictable effect on the number of unfair dismissal claims, some of which are linked to discrimination claims alleging the redundancy selection methods themselves were unfair.
This week we have settled some discrimination related redundancy claims for sums in excess of £250k. These sort of settlements do not appear in the tribunal statistics since no claim was brought – they were settled via compromise agreements.
Our clients are also seeing an increase in complaints where they are recruiting with rejected candidates seeking to establish grounds for discrimination claims.
Business as usual is not really an option and it is doubly important to review all aspects of decision making to see if they have a discriminatory effect on any particular group.