Employment Tribunals Service: Discrimination and Flexible Working

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 10th September 2021.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of employment tribunals related to (a) flexible working and (b) gender discrimination in each year from 2014 to 2021.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The latest information on how many and what proportion of Employment Tribunals complaints related to flexible working is provided in the table below. Data in respect of gender discrimination is not held but is included in the ‘Sex Discrimination’ jurisdiction, this relates to the protected characteristic ‘Sex’, ‘Marriage and Civil Partnership’ and ‘Gender reassignment’.

Financial Year

Type of Jurisdiction Complaint

Total Jurisdictional complaints

Sex discrimination2

Flexible Working3

2013/14

198,586

13,722

7%

232

0.1%

2014/15

129,966

4,471

3%

103

0.1%

2015/16

178,079

5,380

3%

94

0.1%

2016/17

143,946

8,841

6%

103

0.1%

2017/18

172,731

5,522

3%

112

0.1%

2018/19

198,715

9,427

5%

174

0.1%

2019/20

175,389

6,260

4%

176

0.1%

2020/21

186,788

5,172

3%

133

0.1%

The data has been taken from case management system and may differ slightly to that of the published stats as this data was run on a different date.

Notes

1) A claim may be brought under more than one jurisdiction or subsequently amended or clarified in the course of proceedings but will be counted only once.

2) The 'Sex Discrimination' jurisdiction includes complaints made in relation to the protected characteristics 'Sex', 'Marriage and Civil Partnership' and 'Gender reassignment'.

3) Suffer a detriment and/or dismissal for claiming under the flexible working regulations or be subject to a breach of procedure.

The number of claims received by the Employment Tribunals is published by the Ministry of Justice (quarterly) and can be found at:

www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunal-statistics-quarterly-october-to-december-2020.

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