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 (£900 - £8,600)
· Middle band - for serious cases which are not serious enough to fall within the highest band (£8,600 - £25,700)
· Top band - for the most serious cases, for example if there has been a lengthy and calculated campaign of harassment/discrimination (£25,700 - £42,900). Awards can exceed this only in the most exceptional cases.
The above are the general guidelines but the tribunals have the power to increase them by a further 10% to take into account inflation.