If a claim for discrimination is made, the usual remedy would be to award compensation for injury to feelings. This is calculated by considering the level of discrimination, which the claimant has been subjected to. The seriousness of the discriminatory behaviour is assigned to one of three ‘bands’ known as Vento bands, named after a court case which considered this subject. The current compensation levels are as follows:
· Lower band - for less serious cases, for example an isolated incident or event (£800 - £8,400)
· Middle band - for serious cases which are not serious enough to fall within the highest band (£8,400 - £25,200)
· Top band - for the most serious cases, for example if there has been a lengthy and calculated campaign of harassment/discrimination (£25,200 - £42,000). Awards can exceed this only in the most exceptional cases.
So this would be the starting point and I would say your case likely falls within the higher part of the lower band.
In terms of publicising the settlement, don’t bet on it too much. It is rare for companies to publicise such settlements and the whole point of a settlement now is to avoid tribunal and the potential publicity that it brings (tribunal claims are public). In fact most settlement agreements have a clause that prevents the disclosure of anything to do with it. So if you wanted to publicise it you will likely have to proceed to tribunal and make a claim and win that way, rather than settle. You can ask them whether they are willing to consider allowing you to do that but I very much doubt they would agree.
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