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Employment Tribunals Service

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many actions under employment law have been brought against his Department in each of the last three years; how many such actions were brought under each category of action; and how many such actions were contested by his Department at an employment tribunal. [277415]

Mr. Straw: The data are only held centrally for the two years since the creation of the Ministry of Justice. To obtain the data now for the year 2006-07 would incur disproportionate costs.

In each of the last two years, the following numbers of claims were issued at the Employment Tribunal against the Ministry of Justice:

Number of claims

2007-08

Total Claims issued

306

Age Discrimination

19

Disability Discrimination

41

Equal Pay

58

Maternity Leave Pay

1

Non-standard Casework

1

Pension Rights

2

Race Discrimination

16

Sexual Discrimination

35

Sexual Orientation Discrimination

1

Terms of Employment

3

Trade Union Activity

3

TUPE

1

Unfair/Constructive Dismissal

91

Wages Claim

28

Whistleblowing

4

Working Time Regulations

2

2008-09

Total Claims issued

215

Age Discrimination

5

Disability Discrimination

34

Equal Pay

3

Maternity Leave Pay

1

Non-standard Casework

4

Other

5

Race Discrimination

13

Sexual Discrimination

27

Sexual Orientation Discrimination

1

Terms of Employment

8

Trade Union Activity

4

Unfair/Constructive Dismissal

88

Wages Claim

20

Working Time Regulations

2


In 2007-08 the MoJ employed 78,789 people and in 2008-09, 81,402.

All of these claims were defended by the Ministry at the initial stage in the process, although some were subsequently settled. The outcome of these Employment Tribunals for 2007-08 and 2008-09 is shown in the following table.


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MoJ Won MoJ Lost Settled Outstanding Total

2007-08

Age Discrimination

6

0

3

10

19

Disability Discrimination

16

0

11

14

41

Equal Pay

2

0

0

(1)56

58

Maternity Leave Pay

0

0

1

0

1

Non-Standard Casework

0

0

1

0

1

Pension Rights

2

0

0

0

2

Race Discrimination

10

1

0

5

16

Sexual Discrimination

11

1

7

16

35

Sexual Orientation Discrimination

0

0

1

0

1

Terms of Employment

0

0

0

3

3

Trade Union Activity

3

0

0

0

3

TUPE

1

0

0

0

1

Unfair/Constructive Dismissal

38

2

25

26

91

Wages Claim

10

1

10

7

28

Whistleblowing

0

1

1

2

4

Working Time Regulations

0

0

1

1

2

Total

99

6

61

140

306

2008-09

Age Discrimination

0

0

0

5

5

Disability Discrimination

5

0

4

25

34

Equal Pay

0

0

0

3

3

Maternity Leave Pay

0

0

0

1

1

Non-Standard Casework

0

0

1

3

4

Other

1

0

1

3

5

Pension Rights

0

0

0

0

0

Race Discrimination

4

0

2

7

13

Sexual Discrimination

3

0

4

20

27

Sexual Orientation Discrimination

0

0

0

1

1

Terms of Employment

1

0

0

7

8

Trade Union Activity

2

0

0

2

4

TUPE

0

0

0

0

0

Unfair/Constructive Dismissal

18

0

9

61

88

Wages Claim

7

0

3

10

20

Whistleblowing

0

0

0

0

0

Working Time Regulations

0

0

1

1

2

Total

41

0

25

149

215

(1) 19 of these cases showing as outstanding have actually been finalised, but the outcomes have not yet been updated. The results are awaited from the Treasury Solicitor.

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