Working Families responds to Justice select committee report on courts and tribunal fees
Published: 20 Jun 2016
The House of Commons Justice Select Committee has published a new report on courts and tribunal fees.
We gave evidence to the committee during their inquiry, setting out our concerns about the impact of fees on women dealing with pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work.
The committee notes that:
- special consideration should be given to maternity or pregnancy discrimination cases where, at the least, the time limit of three months for bringing a claim should be reviewed:
- access to justice is more important than cost-saving.
Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families, said:
“We hear from women experiencing maternity and pregnancy discrimination every single week. There’s no doubt that tribunal fees have stopped women who’ve been mistreated at work from pursuing the justice they deserve.
“The case for abolishing fees for pregnancy and maternity cases is overwhelming: since charges were introduced, sex discrimination tribunal claims have reduced by three quarters and pregnancy-related cases have dropped by half.
“Increasing the time allowed to bring a claim would be a welcome first step for women who are focussed on supporting their new families. But the Westminster Government should make the same commitment the Scottish Government has to scrapping these punitive charges.”
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