Workers 'priced out' of discrimination claims, says TUC
Thousands of workers are being priced out of challenging discrimination or unfair dismissal, according to a trade union body.
Fewer people are taking claims to an employment tribunal because of fees of up to ?1,200 the TUC said.
It found that the number of workers filing such cases had fallen from 16,000 a month to 7,000 since the fees were introduced in 2013.
This includes a large reduction in cases on sexism, racism and disability.
The TUC is calling on the government to scrap the tribunal fees.
However, the Ministry of Justice said it was "right that those who use our tribunals should contribute to the ?71m cost of running the service".
Analysing government figures, the TUC found unfair dismissal claims have fallen by 73% since 2012-13, the year before the introduction of the fees.
Discrimination cases on grounds of sex have dropped by 71%, race by 58% and disability by 54%, it found.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "These figures show a huge drop in workers seeking justice when they've been unfairly treated.
"The evidence is there for all to see. These fees - of up to ?1,200, even if you're on the minimum wage - are pricing out thousands each month from pursuing cases."
Workers on the minimum wage have to pay the fee if a member of their family has savings of ?3,000.
The government launched the Help with Fees scheme last year, which waives or reduces the charges for the most vulnerable workers.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said it was also keen to promote alternative ways of resolving disputes where possible.
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