Courts will ‘struggle to cope’ with Equality Act caseload
Employment lawyers have warned that tribunals could be ‘submerged’ by a surge in cases stemming from the Equality Act 2010, which came into force this month.
The act comes against a backdrop of increasing employment claims, with figures released by the Tribunals Service last week indicating that employment tribunals received 44,500 claims in the first quarter of 2010/11, up 6% on the same quarter last year.
The act extends some of the protections provided by earlier legislation against associative and perceptive discrimination, harassment and victimisation at work. It also outlaws pre-employment health questionnaires and pay secrecy clauses in contracts.
October 13, 2010