Financial penalties for employers in the Employment Tribunal
Employment Tribunals now have the power to impose financial penalties on employers of between £100 and £5,000, where employers are found to have breached an employee's employment rights.
The penalties may be imposed if there are "aggravating features". The Tribunal has discretion to determine what constitutes aggravating features, but they may include the size of the employer, the duration of the breach of the employment right or the behaviour of the employer and of the employee.
The penalties are payable to the Secretary of State with a prompt payment discount of 50%.
Statutory discrimination questionnaires have been abolished, but employees may still ask questions of their employer. If the employer fails to respond or is evasive, the Employment Tribunal may draw adverse inferences.