An injury to feelings claim is a claim that can be made as part of a discrimination claim but not an unfair dismissal claim. It is a claim for compensation for the upset, distress or anxiety that a worker might have suffered as a result of discrimination.

Awards for injury to feelings tend to fall into ‘bands’, depending on the severity of the injury suffered by the claimant. A worker who has been made very ill by the discrimination could make a claim for personal injury in addition to a claim for injury to feelings.

To give some idea of the level of awards, an act of ‘one off’ discrimination that did not fall into one of the most serious cases might lead to an award for injury to feelings up to £6,000. More persistent conduct that led to a greater level of distress and anxiety might fall between £6,000 and £18,000; and an award for a very serious case could fall within the range of £18,000 to £30,000.

The bands are referred to as the ‘Vento’ guidelines because they were issued as part of the decision in the case of Vento v the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2002]. It is important to note that these bands will be updated every year to take into account retail price index increases.

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