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Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2002] EWCA Civ 1871

Employment Tribunals - Practice and procedure - Awards - Applicant awarded compensation for unlawful sex discrimination - Employment Tribunal assessment of 75 per cent chance of applicant remaining in employment until retirement age correct - Award of £65,000 for injury to feelings excessive - Injury to feelings distinct from assessing compensation for psychiatric or similar personal injury - Correct approach in assessing compensation for injury to feelings

14 February 2003

The applicant, a probationary constable, was dismissed in December 1997. The Employment Tribunal found that she had been subjected to sex discrimination contrary to Part II of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. It awarded a total of £257,844 in compensation. That figure was comprised of £165, 829 for future loss of earnings (based on a seventy-five per cent chance that the applicant would have completed a full police career to retirement age), £65,000 for injury to feelings (including £15,000 by way of aggravated damages), £9,000 for personal injury and £18,015 in interest. The Employment Appeal allowed the respondent’s appeal. It remitted the question of future loss to a fresh Employment Tribunal for reconsideration and reduced the award for injury to feelings to £30,000 (including £5,000 for aggravated damages). It preserved the award of £9,000 for personal injury (psychiatric damage) but noted that the award for interest would have to be reassessed in light of the other red...

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