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Discrimination Cases Take Three Years to Resolve

By Stephen Smith, Employment Solicitor. CLAIMS of race and sex discrimination are most protracted in terms of time spent at the Employment Tribunal, according to new statistics.

These type of claims took an average of 148 weeks from the date of lodging to final judgement say official figures released by the UK Ministry of Justice.

That’s the longest wait for an outcome apart from equal pay cases, which typically have multiple claimants and take 214 weeks on average.

The fastest cases were those about wages issues, such as disputes about payment of minimum wage, which on average took 28 weeks, while unfair dismissal cases were the second-fastest, at 35 weeks.

One surprise figure was for disability discrimination, which was put at 39 weeks. This is despite the fact that these type of claims are usually more difficult to prove, as the claimant has to address additional hurdles, such as proof of disability.

The average for all types of cases, based on the period between July and September 2012, was 84 weeks, which was up from 75 weeks for the same period in 2011.

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