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In a discrimination claim the claimant can list as respondents both the employer and any individuals who they believe are responsible for the alleged discriminatory behaviour. Each respondent is treated separately and will have several liability to the others, meaning that a tribunal can find all respondents guilty and apportion certain liability to them, or just find one or part of the respondents guilty. The issue is that as you are personally named in the claim you will have personal responsibility to defend this. Your employer has no liability to offer you any help or assistance with defending the claim, even if what happened was done whilst you worked for them Many employers will help employees in such situations out of loyalty or because they feel that morally they should but that is left at their own discretion and legally you cannot force them to do so.
Therefore, as it stands you will have to defend these allegations personally. You do not actually have to get a lawyer to represent you and can do this personally, simply by providing the necessary evidence, so you can save on legal fees if needed.
The CAB can assist for free but only to a degree and they can’t come in to represent you in tribunal, but they can assist on the side in terms of procedural requirements, etc. Still, their help will be limited.
A reasonable amount can have a very wide interpretation based on the nature of the claim, the strength of the claimant's case, the seriousness of the alleged offences, what you are prepared to offer and also what they are prepared to accept. You could wait until they submit a schedule of loss detailing the value of their claim to get an idea of what they may be after but remember that this would be the best scenario for them so you could always offer less and then work up to a sum that you are both happy to accept. Or you could ask them directly if they have a figure in mind and then work around that to try and negotiate on something lower - remember you start low and they start high and you eventually try to meet somewhere in the middle.As to rating the advice, apologies for that, there is a bug in the system which we sometimes get and it prevents you from posting your rating. Instead, you can just type your selection on here (e.g. OK, Good, Excellent) then we will process it manually later. Thank you
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