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Employment Tribunals Service

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times his Department has been taken to an employment tribunal in each of the last five years; what the primary reason cited in each case was; and in how many cases the tribunal found in favour of (a) the employee and (b) his Department. (290249)

The data are held centrally only for the two years since the establishment of the Ministry of Justice. To obtain the data now for previous years would incur disproportionate costs.

The following tables show the position at the end of each of the last two financial years in respect of the number of claims issued at the Employment Tribunal against the Ministry of Justice, and their outcomes. All of the claims shown in the tables were defended by the Ministry at the initial stage in the process.

The total number of people employed by the Ministry of Justice varies from day-to-day. The claims made are from an employment population of circ. 79,840 in 2007-08 and 80,750 in 2008-09. The staff numbers used are published headcount figures on 31 March 2009 held on the Office for National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk

Claims heard by employment tribunals

In favour of employee

In favour of MOJ

Outstanding

2007-08

Age discrimination

16

0

6

10

Disability discrimination

30

0

16

14

Equal pay

58

0

2

156

Pension rights

2

0

2

0

Race discrimination

16

1

10

5

Sexual discrimination

28

1

11

16

Terms of employment

3

0

0

3

Trade union activity

3

0

3

0

TUPE

1

0

1

0

Unfair/constructive dismissal

66

2

38

26

Wages claim

18

1

10

7

Whistleblowing

3

1

0

2

Working time regulations

1

0

0

1

Total

245

6

99

140

2008-09

Age discrimination

5

0

0

5

Disability discrimination

30

0

5

25

Equal pay

3

0

0

3

Maternity leave pay

1

0

0

1

Non-standard casework

3

0

0

3

Other

4

0

1

3

Pension rights

0

0

0

0

Race discrimination

11

0

4

7

Sexual discrimination

23

0

3

20

Sexual orientation discrimination

1

0

0

1

Terms of employment

8

0

1

7

Trade union activity

4

0

2

2

Unfair/constructive dismissal

79

0

18

61

Wages claim

17

0

7

10

Whistleblowing

0

0

0

0

Working time regulations

1

0

0

1

Total

190

0

41

149

1 19 of these cases showing as outstanding have actually been finalised, but the outcomes had not been updated.