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Injury to feelings awards - updated Vento guidelines

The bands of awards for injury to feelings in discrimination cases, known as the Vento bands, have been updated from April 2020.

Part of the compensation that can be awarded by tribunals for unlawful discrimination are awards for ‘injury to feelings’. This is an award of damages aimed as a remedy for the hurt, humiliation and degradation suffered by the employee and is considered separately from any claim for financial loss such as loss of earnings. Tribunals have a discretion as to what to award but they will take into account these Vento bands.

For claims presented on or after 6 April 2020, the new Vento bands are as follows:

  • a lower band of £900 to £9,000 (less serious cases)
  • a middle band of £9,000 to £27,000 (cases that do not merit an award in the upper band), and
  • an upper band of £27,000 to £45,000 (the most serious cases), with the most exceptional cases capable of exceeding £45,000