What are the likely outcomes if my case goes to a hearing?

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

If you win, employment tribunals can order compensation to be paid to you. The amount may include a sum for lost earnings and benefits and a sum for injury to feelings. There is no ceiling to the amount a tribunal can award, although it will normally follow guidelines and precedents from previous cases. If you win, the tribunal can also recommend that your employer take certain steps to enable you to work without further discrimination.

If you lose, you will not automatically be ordered to pay the other side's legal costs, but the tribunal may make you pay if they think you acted unreasonably in pursuing your case.

You or the employer can appeal against the tribunal's decision to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, but only on a point of law. You have 42 days to lodge an appeal. Appeal cases are eligible for public funding (formerly known as legal aid).

County court and sheriff's court cases 

If you win, the court can order compensation to be paid to you. The amount may include a sum to compensate you for any losses and a sum for injury to feelings. There is no ceiling to the compensation that a court can award, but awards tend to be lower than those made by tribunals., you will usually have to pay the other side's legal costs

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