The government has been criticised after its review into the impact of employment tribunal fees showed there has been a dramatic fall in cases.
The review highlighted “a sharp, significant and sustained drop in the volume of tribunal claims following the introduction of fees” with a 68% fall in the number of cases taken.
It also detailed a sharp decline in challenges over sex discrimination (-71%), race discrimination (-55%) and disability discrimination (-51%).
Commenting on the findings, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“The government is turning a blind eye to the impact of tribunal fees.
“The evidence is there for all to see. Thousands are being priced out from pursuing cases each month.
“Charging people up to £1,200 to take claim has been a gift to Britain’s worse bosses. And it’s allowed discrimination at work to flourish unchallenged.
“Until the government commits to abolishing fees, its commitment to ‘improve workers’ rights’ in post-Brexit Britain looks pretty hollow.”