In cases of discriminatory dismissal tribunals may reduce compensation if the worker would in any event have been dismissed

Chagger v Abbey National Plc & Anor [2009] EWCA Civ 1202

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  • With discriminatory dismissal compensation may be reduced if the worker would in any event have been lawfully dismissed
  • 'Stigma loss'involving a calculation of how long it will take to find another job may still be awarded by the tribunal (stigma loss is that future loss arising from other employers not wishing to employ someone who had taken a previous employer to tribunal). Where a claimant would have been in any case dismissed, stigma loss may form the only head of loss.
  • Under s31(4) Employment Act (EA 2002)the level of the compensation awarded can constitute an exceptional circumstance where the tribunal is allowed to award less than the minimum 10% uplift (the award amounted to over 2 million)


The transcript of this case follows:-   Chagger v Abbey National Plc & Anor [2009]  (usually found at the Bailli or Employment Appeals websites)

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