Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Over Half of Tribunal Cases Involve Sex Discrimination

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Over Half of Tribunal Cases Involve Sex Discrimination

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

THE proportion of employment tribunal cases relating to sex discrimination is growing, research has shown.

Discrimination cases now make up 55 per cent of the total employment tribunal workload the highest level for four years and a rise from 38 per cent two years ago.

Experts at specialist law firm GQ Employment Law, which produced the figures, say the trend is in part down to employers continuing to make mistakes over maternity leave.

There is also an increasing number of potential claimants as more women decide to stay in work after having children. The number of women in the UK workforce has risen by over 300,000 in the past year, to 14.16 million from 13.85 million last year.

Darren Isaacs, partner at GQ Employment Law, said: "Employers who are not up to speed on the rights of their employees can easily fall foul of employment laws.

"Over recent years there's been a big effort in the City to improve equality at a senior level.

"Some City women perceive that while every effort is made to promote and support female superstars, women who are not quite part of that elite are less valued than their male peers and find it harder to progress. …

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