|MPs prediction that people will be ‘priced out’ of challenging employers confirmed by a Parliamentary Report
Yvonne Fovargue MP has today said that, at their current level, employment tribunal fees are making it unaffordable for many people to challenge employers who break the law, such as by discriminating against them or withholding their wages.
The influential Justice Select Committee of MPs has published a report that finds that major changes are needed to make sure people with legitimate claims can access employment tribunals.
Makerfield MP, Yvonne Fovargue has spoken out against the increase in issue fees and hearing fees for claimants in employment tribunals predicting at the time that the number of people challenging employers would fall. The committee report confirms that ‘the introduction of issue fees and hearing fees has led to a drop of almost 70% in the number of cases brought’.
Yvonne Fovargue MP said:
“It is clear to me that people are being priced out of challenging employers that dismiss them, discriminate against them or withhold wages. The new fee structures provide a disincentive for employers to resolve disputes at an early stage.
“Citizens Advice have found that four in five people who they help with problems at work would be put off making a claim to an employment tribunal because of high fees of up to £1200 and for some people the fees are higher than the amount they are claiming.
“At their current level the fees put access to justice at risk and the Justice Committee are right to call for the Government to substantially reduce tribunal fees.”