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The House of Commons Justice Committee has heard evidence about the operation of Tribunal Fees and whether they have discouraged genuine claims.  This was a concern raised originally by many employment law professionals when the first whiff of fees was in the air.  It was suggested that the effect would be that genuine claimants would be discouraged, or even prevented from making claims because of the fees.

The Justice Committee heard evidence that 320 maternity and pregnancy discrimination claims did not proceed to a Tribunal as a direct result of the introduction of fees. It also heard that sex discrimination claims had dropped by 91% and equal pay claims had dropped by 75%, indicating a disproportionate impact on women.

This is so disappointing, as it inevitably means that some genuine cases will never be heard.  The time limit for making a claim is 3 months (plus time spent by ACAS in conciliation) and if money is tight, this is not long to save up £250 for an issue fee. There have been challenges to the introduction of fees in Tribunals, none of which have been successful as yet.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this appeal will prove beneficial.

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