William Garnett quoted in Third Sector on tribunal fees

Supreme Court ruling on employment tribunal fees ‘not great news for charities’


William Garnett has been quoted in a Third Sector article on The Supreme Court’s ruling that the fees charged for people to bring employment tribunal claims are unlawful. William speculated that the ruling could lead to an increase in the number of cases brought against charities.

In 2013, the government introduced fees of up to £1,200 for people to bring employment tribunal claims in a bid to reduce the number of spurious cases faced by employers. There was previously no charge for bringing a case.

The fees, which led to a dramatic fall in the number of claims dealt with by employment tribunals, were ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court after a challenge brought by the trade union Unison, which said they prevented workers from accessing justice.

William commented, “This is not great news for employers in the third sector. The reason is that, arguably, people on lower rates of pay were disproportionately disadvantaged by the fees regime. The third sector has a lot of low-paid people.”

The article reports William as ruminating that charities might be seen as soft targets for employees trying to bring employment tribunal claims, because organisations would be keen to protect their reputations and therefore more likely to want to settle cases.

“It is a sector that does get taken advantage of,” the article quotes. “Of course there are a lot of genuine claims, but there are a lot of spurious ones also.”

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