There is no evidence to suggest that introducing fees into the employment tribunals will disadvantage or deter women from bringing claims, including discrimination or pregnancy-related claims. The aim of introducing fees is to transfer some of the cost of administering the tribunals from the taxpayer to the users of the service.
For those who cannot afford fees, a fee remission scheme will operate to ensure access to the tribunal is not affected. Women are more likely to fall into the lower income brackets so they are more likely to qualify for partial or full fee remissions. As a consequence they are unlikely to be detrimentally impacted by the introduction of fees.
Further detail is available in the equality impact assessment completed by the Government relating to the introduction of fees in employment tribunals that can be found here: