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Employment Tribunals Service

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many actions under employment law were brought against her Department in each of the last three years, broken down by category of action; and how many were contested by the Department at an employment tribunal. (275625)

[holding answer 14 May 2009]: Details of claims brought under employment law in each of the last three years against the Home Office, including the UK Border Agency and the Criminal Records Bureau, is shown in table 1.

Table 1: Employment tribunal claims brought against Home Office HQ, UKBA and CRB

Category of claim

2006-071

2007-08

2008-09

Age discrimination

2

2

2

Disability discrimination

9

15

17

Race discrimination

4

7

10

Sex discrimination

5

10

8

Sexual orientation

2

0

2

Unfair/Constructive dismissal

31

35

28

Unlawful deduction of wages

5

6

10

Religion of belief

0

2

2

Victimisation

0

2

2

Redundancy payment

0

0

2

Less favourable treatment under fixed term employee regulations

2

0

0

Loss of earnings

0

0

2

Equal pay

2

0

0

Other3

2

0

2

Total employment tribunal claims

60

77

82

Total contested at an employment tribunal hearing

14

18

58

1 Information includes any claims made by former Home Office staff who transferred to the Ministry of Justice on 1 May 2007. 2 Less than 5. 3 Nature of claim unavailable. Notes: 1. Where more than one category of claim was cited on the claim, the claim has been counted once in the table using the primary reason for the claim. 2. Where less than five claims were made under a category, further information is withheld on grounds of confidentiality.

The Identity and Passport Service does not centrally hold the information requested, which could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.