The Employment Appeal Tribunal has, yesterday, handed down its judgment in the case of Da'Bell v NSPCC.
HHJ McMullen QC, presiding, has held that Vento damages (for injury to feelings in discrimination cases) should be increased to reflect inflation as follows:-
lower band: £ 5,000 to increase to £ 6,000
middle band: £ 15,000 to increase to £ 18,000
upper band: £ 25,000 to increase to £ 30,000
Injury to feelings awards are not punitive but represent suffering. Exemplary damages are available if public servants are involved and aggravated damages if a party has pursued a case unfairly and aggressively.